I live in the spirit of prayer; I pray as I walk, when I lie down, and when I rise, and the answers are always coming. — George Muller
I have often thought about what my greatest surprise will be when I go home to be with the Lord. After much pondering, I have concluded that it will be the tremendous power and peace that was available to me this side of heaven—and how infrequently I used it.*
*Richard Burr, Developing Your Secret Closet of Prayer, p. 8.
You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask (James 4:2).
One verse. Two options for dealing with desires.
Choose the better way. Pray.
If we ask anything according to his will he hears us (1 John 5:14).
God always responds to prayer.
As 2017 begins, we pray knowing that when it ends, we’ll look back, knowing God heard every prayer.
That’s why we pray with thanksgiving.
I’ve been praying for a co-worker’s salvation for several months, but she’s still opposed to Christianity. We were talking when she noticed the diamond had fallen out of her engagement ring. We searched for it, retracing her steps.
I breathed a silent prayer, asking the Lord to show us where it was. As soon as I finished praying, we found the diamond!
God’s visible answer encouraged me to keep praying for her soul.
The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Unseen the Lord enters and wields his love-drenched power in answer to our prayer.
She came to me during the wedding reception and said, “Grandma, I have to go to the bathroom.”
I asked, “Can you wait until Auntie Sarah and Uncle Burton cut the cake?” She said yes, so we watched them, and then we found a restroom.
Prayer can be like that. Tell God your need and expect Him to meet it.
I began the day praying, “Show me my sin, today, Lord, and make me determined to resist it.”
That very day I heard myself speak with impatient, harsh or unkind tones at least three times.
I ended the day thankful for forgiveness.
Sleep eluded me, so I spent part of the night praying about our daughter’s wedding. I asked the Lord to show me how to be a good mother-of-the-bride.
The next morning a blog I read, that’s about publishing, said this: “Yesterday, thousands of people got married. Just about every one of those weddings went beautifully. Amazingly, you weren’t there, on-site, making sure everything was perfect.. . . Caring matters. Your contribution makes things better. But when the need for control starts getting in the way and starts making you crazy, it might be worth thinking about that wedding in Baton Rouge that went just fine without you.”*
God’s amazing, isn’t He? He always hears and answers prayer.