It’s a Privilege to Pray

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God sits on His throne in His temple. Jesus sits beside Him, vigorously pleading for those He loves. For us. The Holy Spirit is there too. On our behalf He utters groans that words cannot express. And then there’s us. Sitting here, yet welcomed into the presence of this Almighty God (Psalm 11:4, Psalm 18:6, Jeremiah 50:34, Hebrews 7:24-25, Romans 8:26-27).


–He invites us to come with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).


–He tells us our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16).


–He says pray about anything and everything. When we do He gives us His peace (Philippians 4:5-6).


–He tells us that faith the size of a mustard seed can say to a mountain, –“Move!” and it will move (Matthew 17:20).


–God says He loves us more than we can know and that He is able and willing to do more than we ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:18-20)


It’s a privilege to pray.

How God Showed Our Granddaughters that He Answers Prayer

We tell our grandchildren that God answers prayer. God showed them He does.

Three granddaughters and their parents left our apartment right on schedule. The elevator came. We got on. The door shut. The elevator didn’t move. The door wouldn’t open. We pushed the help button.

Grandpa said, “Let’s all pray, ‘Father, we need your help.'” The elevator moved. When it stopped, the door opened. We made it outside before their Uber ride to the airport arrived. We thanked God!

God used an elevator emergency to show our granddaughters that He answers prayer.

May we never forget.

Pray for One Another

When we pray for one another, we’re asking God to work. We’re also serving one another, bearing one another’s burdens, and loving one another (see Galatians 5:13, 6:2; 1 Peter 1:22).

Praying for one another helps us forgive and be at peace with one another (see Ephesians 4:32, Mark 9:50).

Pray for one another (James 5:16).

Begin and End With Worship

Notice what Solomon did before and after he asked for wisdom.

The king went to an important place of worship and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings to the Lord. That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream (from 1 Kings 3:4-5).”

Solomon woke up, returned to Jerusalem, stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings (from 1 Kings 3:15).”