Pray Continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
A few nights ago we sat down at the dinner table and DH asked the kids, “Whose turn is it to pray?” My younger DD excitedly said “Me Daddy!! Me! It’s my turn!” We all smiled because her 4 year old prayers are pretty entertaining. We bowed our heads and listened. First she giggled and then said “Thank you, God.” Then a few sentences of pure jibberish, followed by some more giggles.
My DD’s prayer brings a smile to my face, because it is just as it should be for her age. It makes me wonder though, am I where I should be? Has my prayer life matured as years of walking with God have gone by? Prayer is such a powerful tool, and yet it seems like it can be our final option after we’ve tried everything else. How many times have we been guilty of throwing out the phase “I’ll be praying for you.” Just to walk away into the business of life and completely forget about the situation we said we would pray over? I’m not proud to admit that I have done that very thing.
As God has been moving in my heart in this area. There are three things that have been helpful for me to focus on. I hope they are helpful for you, too; let’s grow together Sister!
Pray right then and there. When someone is talking to you about something they are needing prayer, stop what you are doing and pray with them right that moment. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to forget.
Find a scripture to pray over the situation. God’s word is sharper than any two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). When we pray using scripture our prayers carry the powerfulness of God’s Word!
Remain in a place of prayer. Prayer should be our first reaction. It should be our immediate response to any situation, but is it? Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4 NIV
I have been on the receiving end of these three things, and I cannot express how grateful I am for it. Last month I told you about my older DD’s diagnosis of JRA, and we talked about praying through crisis. (You can read that post here.) When she was diagnosed, we were told that it looked like she had the more severe form of arthritis. We came home from that appointment and immediately asked our friends and family to pray over her. I know without a doubt that she was covered in prayer by many people. One in particular being my sweet Granny. She prayed over the phone with me, sent me booklets on how to pray for healing and is still covering my DD in prayer. The Bible says that “ the prayers of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16 ESV. At DD’s next appointment, after thoroughly going over her x-rays and labs her doctor told us there were only two joints that they were concerned about. God answers prayers! Not only did God answer my Granny’s (and many other peoples’) prayers, He used her to teach me how to intercede for others.
God is FAITHFUL!!! He is always working for the good of those who love Him.(Romans 8:28, Psalms 13:6, Lamentations 3:25) Prayer gives us the opportunity to be a part of His great work!