The Power of Prayer

A few weeks ago, one Sunday after church, someone asked me if I would be available to pray with them.  What a privilege and a blessing it is for me to not only pray for you, but to pray with you.

Once a month, I get to meet with my LEAD team.  This is a great group of pastors who gather to share life and ministry together, to read scripture together, and to pray together.  It is a time of sharing with one another and with God.  Once in a while, our leader, Dave Williams, will ask, “How is your soul?”  We then have the opportunity to talk with one another and with God openly and honestly about how we are doing.  Once we have shared our hearts, we are able to lift one another up in prayer. It is wonderful!

Prayer is a powerful tool that God has given us.  When we rely on its power, we can: overcome temptation; turn over/release our worries; change our attitude: ask for God’s help and guidance; receive healing; find peace and comfort; repent; make decisions; and lift up the needs of others.  This just a short list of the many things we can accomplish through the power of prayer.  Prayer is also a form of worship, praise, thanksgiving, and adoration.

When we pray, we can be completely open and honest with God.  He knows our inner-self, so there is no point in trying to hide anything from Him.  He loves us, even when we think we don’t deserve to be loved.  He forgives us, even for the things that we think might be too hard to forgive.  Too often, we give God the watered-down, cliff notes of our feelings.  We might think we don’t have time to pray, or that God doesn’t have time to listen.  Maybe we are worried that if we are completely honest with Him, we will in some way offend Him.  Let me encourage you to make time.  God always has time, and you can’t offend Him.

Prayer is our way of communicating with God.  He wants to hear from us.  He wants us to be completely honest and open with Him.  In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul says we are to,

“Be joyful always; PRAY CONTINUOUSLY; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (5:16-18) 

We can’t spend all our time on our knees with our eyes closed.  That could be dangerous!  But we can communicate with God all the time.  We can have a constant awareness of His  constant presence in our lives.  Once we become comfortable with this, it can become more natural for us to pray — alone, together, spontaneously, and more frequently.

I would love to spend time praying with you and for you.  Please come by the office any time, and let’s pray!  We can meet in the prayer room, away from the distractions of the office, and pray.  Make prayer a part of your New Year’s resolutions.  It might just change your life!

Pastor Stef

 

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