There are certain times in the history of a nation that require nothing less than prayer. For those who do not understand the power or reason for prayer it is seen as weakness and inaction. For those who have a relationship with God, prayer is a vital link between people in distress and a faithful and capable friend during urgent times of need.
People often think of prayer as an attempt to change the mind or heart of God. In fact, prayer is only intended to change the heart of the one praying. God already wants to help, bless, and provide for people. All He is waiting for is for those who trust in Him to ask. We might wonder why, if God wants to do good, He doesn’t just do what needs to be done. It is important to God that we become involved in His plans for human life. He has made us like Him in that we also have caring hearts and a desire to see good in our world. He makes us co-workers with Him to accomplish His will. Continue reading “Prayer For America: For Such A Time As This”
This morning I received a short note from a dear friend who asked me if I would consider writing a book about prayer. This is a subject that is on the minds of many people who love the Lord. We want to know how to pray correctly and use the right words when we come to God. In Jesus, we see a complete illustration for how and what we should pray. More importantly, the reasons that we should pray can be understood as we examine Jesus and the moments when He prayed to the Father.
In Jesus we see that prayer is simply open communication with God. As we sit with friends or family members and talk to each other, so also is prayer. All that God requires of us in prayer is that we are completely honest and speak to Him from our heart. It is not the words that are most important in our prayers, but the heart that supports our words, that God cares most about. We might not be very good at speaking or communicating our thoughts or feelings. Perhaps we get tongue–tied when we try to talk to another person or before many people.
Although a person must be proficient in their speaking ability when addressing a crowd, no such requirement is made when we speak to God.
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