Prayer. It’s probably the best and most powerful weapon in a Christian’s arsenal.
The effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Throughout the Bible are examples of how prayer can be used to do amazing things. Now I know that it isn’t the words of the prayer that actually have any real power, nor is it the one who is uttering the prayer or any of their merit. The power is that of our Lord and Saviour. Prayers have parted seas, calmed storms, raised the dead and so much more. In our lives many times we see the power of prayer. How often does a family ask for prayer when a loved one becomes ill? Or when cancer or death strikes? How many prayers do we pray for financial, spiritual or physical help from the Lord? If we expect our prayers to be effective and get results, then we must exercise! After all, we couldn’t just go out and win the next 5K without any practice. To be successful in anything must practice and exercise our abilities.
How do you practice praying? Not by writing out or memorizing the words you will say. Prayer is exercised by using it daily! All day. We must use prayer to keep a close relationship with God. Prayer is how we communicate with Him. If we had a telephone line that ran straight to God’s throne, wouldn’t we constantly be ringing it? Well, prayer is that telephone line. He is always there to answer, any time, day or night. Furthermore, God wants us to constantly use it.
Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
So if God allowed us to have a weapon this powerful, and He wants us to be using it all the time, then why aren’t we? I don’t know about you, but in my experience it seems that my prayer life is the first to suffer. Many times I find myself putting it on the back burner as I do other things. Or even when I’m praying, I find myself thinking about something else or my mind wanders off until I forget what I was even praying about. We must get back to praying fervently, and passionately. What does the phone company do to ensure that when we pick up our phones we can call out? They maintain the phone lines! We must maintain our prayer lines. We need to pray continually and more sincerely. So next time someone asks us to pray for a miracle, we might actually get results.
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I have caught myself recently texting my friends who were facing surgery, sickness or death in their family and saying “thinking of you”. Although it is nice to be thoughtful of others, my motives for saying it were pure laziness and lack of self-discipline on my part. See, I had first typed “praying for you” but then thought at the last minute, “What if I don’t get time today to actually pray for them? Then I will have lied.” So I rewrote the text to say “thinking of you” so that just in case I didn’t get time to pray, I would still be fine. How pitiful on my part? O wretched soul that I am. I’ve been convicted of this and although I did try earnestly to make time to pray for those who I had texted, I still failed them. We should be determined to actually be thoughtful of others and their situation and burdened for them. Burdened enough that we make time in each day to earnestly beseech the Lord on their behalf. If we can be self-disciplined enough to do this, we would have no problem telling them we are praying for them. No guilt, no shame. Just honesty. So I am now aware of my short coming and must exercise more brotherly love in my everyday life. I must be concerned for those around me, especially those whom I know personally.
Next time you say, “I’m thinking of you”, take time to think about what else you could do for them. Could you pray? Could you do any service that may help them in their time of need? Cook a meal? Help with their children or family? I must say, I need to be more thoughtful and helpful to those in need.
Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Your dearest loved one is deathly ill or a situation in your life needs immediate change beyond your control. What do you do? Sadly, most people these days ask their friends to “send good vibes their way” or “send healing thoughts”. This is about as useless to the sick or needy as it is for you to take a shower that morning in their honor. What you need, my friend, is prayer! Holy intercession to a God most high, the Creator, the Savior, the all-powerful, all-knowing Healer.
According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “vibe” is defined as a feeling that someone or something gives you. The Oxford Online Dictionary defines it as a person’s emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as communicated to and felt by others. Look back to the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary and the word “vibe” doesn’t even exist. So by it’s modern definition, it’s just a feeling, or an emotional state. Now I’m not a rocket scientist, but if I was in a difficult situation and needed some help, I don’t really care how you are “feeling” and even if you would start “feeling” better, it wouldn’t help me out at all. Now what really chaps my khakis is that so many Christians are going to this type of speech so that they don’t offend anyone. No offense, but I will most definitely be offended if you decide to “feel” good for me that day instead of trying to get a prayer through to a Holy God of heaven in Jesus’ name. If someone gets offended because you ask for prayers, they need prayers themselves so that God can open their eyes and convict their heart to show them their need for salvation. Unless a person is a born-again child of God, washed in Jesus’ blood, they will not be able to get a prayer through for you anyway. Let’s stop all the useless “vibe” talk and get back to our prayer closets.
We could sit around a sick person all day laughing and “giving off good vibes” and the person will still be as sick as ever, just annoyed that we’re all having a good time during their misery. Let’s show compassion and hit our knees friends.
Another thought on the subject, how is it easier for some to believe in “vibes” which didn’t even exist 100 years ago, but can’t believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of prayer?