“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
I believe in prayer, for I have experienced it’s wonder-working power and I have felt the perfect peace that comes from it. For many who don’t believe in God or the redemptive work that Jesus completed on the cross, talking about the importance of prayer may sound very foreign. Unfortunately, there are many who ostracize those of us who pray. Sadly, they are spiritually blinded, thereby missing out on a beautiful relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If only they could know the deep peace that passes all understanding when we take our burdens to the Lord.
How thankful I am to have been the recipient of many prayers over the years. I am certain the first person who ever prayed for me on this earth was my mother. She prayed for me before I was born, and she prayed for me throughout my childhood, on into adulthood. Her many prayers are, no doubt, the main reason that I and my siblings at one time or another gave our hearts to Jesus and began walking with Him. I am so thankful for a praying mother, and I will never take for granted the many family members and friends who have prayed for me during life’s twists and turns.
How about you? Do you believe in the power of prayer? Do you often pray for others? It’s amazing how one can feel the prayers that others have directed toward them. I believe that it should be an honor to pray for others each day. In addition, I believe that prayer changes things, and for certain I know that it changes people.
As we go through each day, let’s keep our hearts and minds in an attitude of prayer. God hears each one, wherever you are, or whatever you’re doing. He will always answer according to His will and plan for your life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, what a beautiful thing it is for Your children to come before You in prayer. We do so with humility and the assurance that You hear and answer in Your own way and timing. Our trust is that You know what’s best for us and that You will answer our prayers accordingly. We come to You, giving You the praise and adoration that You are worthy of. We confess our sins and ask forgiveness; we give thanks for all You do for us; and we bring our supplications (requests) before you, knowing that You hear and answer. Thank you for giving us this eternal phone line to be able to connect with You, anytime—day or night. Help us to pray for others as You bring them to our minds, even as we go about our daily activities. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.