Prayer is a Privilege We Have Been Given

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Prayer is one of the privileges I believe Christians have been given. Because of Jesus, we have the opportunity to approach the throne of the Holy God who spoke the world into being. We can come before the Righteous Judge with our requests and petitions for both ourselves and for others.

And you know what else? Others can bring their requests and petitions to the Father who gives good gifts and rescues on our behalf as well.

I’ve written numerous posts about prayer. One spoke of standing in the gap between God and others on their behalf. In a different post I mentioned what Max Lucado said one time about taking our problem to Jesus and leaving it there.

courtesy pixabayOne thing I’ve mentioned is the fact we need to be prayed up ahead of time, and not wait until we are in need before we start to pray.

If we know a situation is coming up that will need prayer support, we should ask those around us to pray for the situation ahead of time.

I love the story of Daniel and how he refused to stop praying while in Babylonian captivity. He didn’t let man’s dictate keep him from doing what he knew God wanted him to do. He continued to pray three times a day.

We don’t have to have long eloquent prayers to be heard by God. Ann Lamot says there are three types of prayers. “Help.” “Thanks.” and “Wow!”

Whenever someone’s name or face floats through my brain I take that as a sign I need to courtesy pixabaystop whatever I’m doing and pray for that person. I don’t need to know the specifics of their situation. God knows what’s going on. He’ll handle the details.

Whenever my name or face floats through someone’s brain, I hope they stop whatever they are doing and say a prayer, or two, on my behalf.

Prayer is a privilege. Let’s not take it for granted.

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Listen, Lord, to my prayer; hear my cries for help. I call to you in times of trouble, because you answer my prayers. Psalm 86:6-7 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pat Nickerson

Sandy , you are so right about prayer. God’s word says to “Pray without ceasing”!!! Which means to me is to be continually in prayer for everyone and everything, knowing that God is in control. You know that Dorothy (my mother-in-law) has pancreatic cancer. She is doing amazingly well with her chemo and other treatments, and she owes it all to God. When she told me that she could feel the prayers working, joy filled my heart,knowing that GOD is GREAT!!!!!!!

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