A woman asked for prayer. Her preoccupied friends prayed for a moment, and then forgot. Their girlfriend fell into unexpected tragedy.
Grieving over their own complacency they determined that next time they will pray in earnest.
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:16).
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
Saying thank you is a way to give back to God. It’s noticing who God is and what he does.
I cannot take away your grief. Life is hard and sometimes full of sorrow.
But I can encourage you to pray to the
God of all comfort. He is familiar with suffering and acquainted with grief (2 Corinthians 1:3; Isaiah 53:3).
This is what the Lord says — “
You refuse to ask for my help. . . . Instead, you have burdened me with your sins . . . I alone will blot out your sins for my own sake. Let us review the situation together and you can present your case ( from Isaiah 43: 1-26 NLT).”
You don’t need to bear the burden of your sin. Jesus died
and rose to set you free.
Have you ever considered that you can give God joy? We’re told that the Lord
delights in the prayer of the upright (Proverbs 15:8).
Bring God delight. Like righteously and pray.
Two truths make prayer an essential part of every election.
There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Romans 13:1).
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord (Proverbs 16:33).
Remember to pray as you vote.
They heard Jesus and were amazed by His wisdom and power. But they did not believe (from Mark 6:2-6).
Being amazed is never enough. Do you believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God? By believing in him you will have life by the power of his name (John 20:31).
You expected joy but sorrow brought heartache. So you pray.
And loving, compassionate Father responds:
“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed (Isaiah 49:23).
If that’s not enough, He also says, “
All the Lord’s promises prove true (Psalm 18:30).
Always continue to fear the Lord. . . . your hope will not be disappointed (Proverbs 23:17-18).”
Those who “
call on the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26 NIV) learn that “ the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10 NIV).”
On August 2, 2020, God put this rainbow in the sky over Chicago’s Lake Michigan.
Also on the weekend of August 2, 2020, 34 Chicagoans were shot, 9 fatally, one of whom was a 9 year old boy.*
God notices the violence in Chicago, just He noticed it in the days of Noah.
But God has said, “
When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters destroy all life (from Genesis 9:15-16).”
Remembering God’s promise, we pray.