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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Lately, life has flown by and I’ve not made much time to write, but my thoughts have been revolving around all that I have seen in my lifetime. I’ve seen first hand multiple miracles performed by God in my life and lives of my family. When Brantyn was burned and then completely healed, when Silas wasn’t expected to live much less be normal but now he is the perfectly healthy picture of a boy. Many times financially when there was no way on paper that our bills would be paid, but somehow it worked out every single time. So many answered prayers, souls saved and Holy Ghost filled meetings when God’s presence was beyond a shadow of a doubt so real you could almost see it. I worked for a period of time in a hospital with patients that had tried to commit suicide. Multiple times the doctors had no explanation for how they had survived. One man had shot himself in the temple, the bullet lodged on the opposite side of his head. The path of the bullet on the scans showed damage that should have severed and destroyed his optic nerve but somehow it was perfectly intact and his vision and hearing still in great condition. He should have been dead if you’d saw the medical records, but God had spared his life as well as his senses. Mutliple others had drank or eaten substances known to be fatal in such high doses but they also survived. People survived jumps and falls from insane heights and waterfalls even. I’ve even saw the effects of drugs and demonic possession of adolescents and teens, but God spared them.
I’ve had the privilege to see many natural wonders and sights that God has made. I’ve visited the powerful Niagara Falls, stood atop Mount Mitchell, walked through Appalachain Mountains, splashed in waves at the Outer Banks, drove through the Everglades, saw white sandy beaches, visited Amish country, and many waterfalls and canyons. Then I can’t help but think of the things that I could see, if I were to travel, such as the amazing Northern Lights, Grand Canyon, Seven Wonders, Great Barrier Reef, Ireland, penguins in Antarctica, Alaska, Painted Desert, Israel and the many holy sites there. I could go on and on about wonderful things that my eyes could possibly see.
Out of ALL these things, and even if you could combine the splendor and majesty of them all, none would even begin to compare to the things our eyes can’t see! The Bible says eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard and that it has not entered into the heart of man what things He has prepared for us. We are not be able to imagine, nor could our fleshly eyes possibly envision, what our place in heaven will look like. How glorious will the gate be? Or the street of Gold? Or the millions there that will be singing praises to the King? The saints that have already gone? Our heavenly bodies? Most glorious of all will be our Saviour! How wonderful to finally see His face, feel His hands, kiss His feet! These things that we can’t see will be the things that will always matter most! The most important things and the only thing that matters at all is what we do with Jesus, we must believe in Him that we cannot physically see!
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.