Today’s Scripture: Pray Continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:17 NIV).
Prayer in essence is the continual dependency upon communion with God our Father. Persistant, incessant, unceasing prayer is an essential part of the Christian life and should flow out of humility and dependency upon God. Prayer should be as natural as breathing. 1 Thess. 5:17, teaches us that we are to pray without ceasing. This means that we are to be conscious of God at all times. We should be aware that He is with us and that he is active in our lives. Prayer should be our first response to every anxious thought or fearful situation. Prayer opens the door for God to work.
Scripture teaches that prayers are answered and there is plenty of evidence of that fact (John 14:13-14). Having faith is the pre-requisite and the priorty to answered prayer. For he who comes to God must believe that He is. Therefore, faith is a necessary condition. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb.11:6).
“The prayers of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16b)
Effectual prayers are prayed from the heart and makes tremendous power available. There are countless testimonies given by people who prayed and have experienced miracles. Many who have been healed from sickness or disease. Relationships and marriages have been restored, souls have been saved, millions of hungry people fed, bills paid, and the dead raised to life. Prayer works, it changes things and rearranges things. Never doubt the power of prayer.
I have a testimony about a good friend, who I met on social media. She has a husband and five children, 4 daughters and a son to be exact. My friend had a brain tumor that required surgery. The alert went out across social media that she was having brain surgery. The majority of us joined in prayer for her. Many replied, “We’re praying for you” or “we love you and we’re praying.” The responses were outstanding!
Just yesterday my friend had brain surgery. Her family was there with her and they all were prayful and hopeful that the surgery would be successful. Well, our prayers were answered. My friend came out of a successful surgery. The next thing I saw were pictures posted on social media of her in her hospital bed wearing a bandage on her head and a smile on her face. Praise God! She made it through. That was great news, but the best news came the next morning (actually today). She is being released from the hospital! The next day after have brain surgery! This is a miracle! An act of God! For who goes home after brain surgery the next day?!?! But all things are possible with God. Miracles happen everyday!
Prayer gives us access to Almighty God. He invites us to pray. He hears the prayers of His children and He is faithful to answer our prayers (Ps. 34:17). This is the confidence that we have in approaching Him; that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us (1 John 5:14). According to His perfect will and in His timing. He’s never early or late, He’s always on time. So, never doubt God, nor the power of prayer!
Blessings of my love to you!