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Prayer, Always A Good Thing
In June 2007, a dear friend, Hiriam and I stopped by my grandmother’s home. After introducing Hiriam to her, I asked my grandmother “Do you mind if we pray for you?” She replied, “Oh no, prayer is always a good thing.” My grandmother is not only the woman that taught me about forgiveness, but more importantly the need for prayer.
I am still full from my trip to Lake Charles on yesterday. People of God, it is time to lay our troubles down and go into fervent prayer, fasting and prayer. It is time to stop allowing people and things to distract us from having that intimate relationship with God. God is waiting to do so much in the lives of His people but we are unwilling to pray without ceasing, seek His face, disobedient and are asking for things with the wrong motives.
There are people that need our prayers – strangers, people in our homes, church, jobs, and even on social media. We spend too much time talking about things/problems, but are slothful in prayer. There is deliverance, healing, and numerous blessings waiting. It’s time to pray!
Father, thank You this morning for the gift of prayer that has the power to not only heal, deliver and change one heart but an entire nation. Thank You that prayer allows us to come into Your presence where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted and supplication is made. Thank You in prayer we come fully exposed to You regarding our faults, admitting our needs, adopting humility and claiming our complete dependence upon You.
Forgive us for the times that we ignore prayer and go on our own attempting to accomplish our own will those things that we desire to have happen. We have all been guilty at one time or another. Help us to stay in a prayer posture with humble hearts, bowed knees confessing our sins that we may receive Your forgiveness asking that Your Will be done above our own.
Thank You in prayer we find peace. The peace that teaches us to wait on You; the peace that surpasses all human comprehension guarding our heart. Help to hold on to Your Word [promises] even when the results are not readily seen as we come with legitimate requests for healing, conversions, and needs and yet the answers we hope for at times do not come readily. Nevertheless, we will persevere in prayer praising You. We will not pray amiss or with improper motives. We shall pray consistently without ceasing by faith. We ask for strength in our prayer life that we will not grow weary or become faint; trusting and not doubting as we continue to witness the power of prayer. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
© 2016 Elaine Caldwell, Out of the Ashes Ministries
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:13-14
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5:17
June 27-July 03
"Sorting The Bountiful Harvest"
The scriptures that are the focal point this week are Isaiah 66:10-14, Psalm 66:1-9 and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Each of us are called to serve our God, the question will always be will we choose to serve the Lord or will we be willful children seeking our refuge in other places, people and things? The promises of God are show throughout the old testament about the rewards we will reap through our faithfulness. Let us journey together as a people that long also to be in relationship with our Creator.
In Luke this week we see Jesus sending forth believers to all the places that He would follow and gather the bountiful harvest. There are many people that long for the promises of God but have not yet heard the word that includes them in that bounty. At one point Jesus points out that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. How many will not be brought into relationship because we did not answer the call to bring all people to the table of God? Will we be part of the labor through which God comes into full relationship with all people? Let us join together not to be dissuaded from the call of our Shepherd, the One who throughout time will be standing with us in all things.