“…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15).
how often do YOU think about prayer? when is the last time you really honestly stopped to think about the incredible privilege of prayer? i mean, honestly. the whole concept of it just blows my mind. the creator of the world. the one who has an infinite amount of power actually desires to have me talk to him!! (side note here. i just went to google and typed in “infinite power of…” and you know how google will fill in what you might be looking for? ya. the first word was hope, the second TEXAS!! no mention of God! WHAT?? odd. and texas? what does infinite power of texas even mean? see how i linked the title to this comment? clever, right?)
anyways. i do not appreciate this privilege nearly enough.
this past sunday, my dad preached on how our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and how in the New Testament, Jesus said His house would be called a house of prayer. interesting. if i am his house now, am i full of prayer? i mean, constant praying. i thought that if i was literally, in my mind praying at all times, i would save myself a lot of stress, negative thinking, imaginary conversations and most definitely SIN!! right?
i was at the gym today, (i don’t go nearly enough. i just like what it sounds like when i say it :)) and i had the funnest time. i decided that as i ran i would just pray the entire time. it became almost a game. i kept thinking how amazing it was that i could bring whoever i wanted before God’s throne. so i would be like. God please help this man with the big gold chain to see that his value comes from YOU. and please help this girl next to me to not be seeking attention from guys, but to realize that she is precious to YOU.
i wonder how many times random people bring people before God’s throne that are special to me! i thought wow, i wonder if that guy might have a mom or grandmother who has been praying for him. now I can pray too! and we know that God hears and desires for NONE to perish! i am going to keep doing this. i love it. i love having a God that loves the world this much and that he does not get sick of hearing me!
wouldn’t you love to get to heaven and have Jesus say, hey…this is dave, the guy from the gym. you prayed for him, and he accepted me! i don’t know if that will really happen, but we might as well try. let’s all do this. pray away.