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Used Prayer. (It’s Super Effective.)

‘Pray without ceasing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV

‘I’ll pray for you.’ That’s a thing we say. And mostly, we believe we’ll actually do it. But then… yeah. We know. It’s happened to all of us.

Perhaps it’s time we wonder why we so do the ‘I’ll pray for you - but then I forgot’ thing (and change it). There are lots of reasons, but something to consider is - do we really believe it would work? When we do get a prayer request, do we really think prayer will solve it?

 If we did, maybe we’d spend more time doing it.

Well, the Bible makes it pretty clear that prayer is actually-extra-super powerful and definitely not a waste of time. Check out James 5:15–16. Verse 15 says that ‘the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well’ (NIV).

God wants us to come to Him. He’s thrilled, because it shows that we trust Him. We’re saying we believe He’s big enough to deal with whatever it is, especially when the odds are stacked against the situation being resolved.

Sometimes, God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want Him to, and that’s really hard. But, having the kind of faith that James is talking about means believing that Jesus is Lord over all. That doesn’t mean we should stop praying. It means we should pray in a Luke 22:42 sort of way. And even if God says “no”, it makes our relationship with Him that much stronger.

 

What Now?

That thing you said you’d pray for? Set your alarm for 5:17pm (or AM if you like, on you go mate…) and when it goes off, pray that prayer. 

 Deut 18:9-18, Dan 2, Isa 47:5–15, Acts 16:16-34

 

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Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

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