Whenever there is a major event in our lives, asking for prayers is what many Christians will do.  Those who are not may even ask for prayers.  For some, prayer is a last ditch attempt to help the situation.  For Christians, it should be the first thing that comes to mind.  Not just for major events, but for everyday ones also.

Prayer is a wonderful tool and blessing that God has always provided for His people.  Today, His people are Christians.  He listens to our prayers.  Christians have unlimited access to the Creator of all things.  What an amazing benefit of being right in His sight.

Christians should embrace this wonderful gift and use it often.  There are many scriptures that tell us about prayer.  Let’s examine some of them.

Know that the righteous are heard. Proverbs 15:8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.  

It should be done often, remember 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18  pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. This passage also tells us that prayer should be with gratitude and know that God desires for us to speak to Him.

Christians should be confident when speaking to God.   Hebrews 4:16 ‘Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’

Do not be shy about asking for others to pray for you.  Colossians 4:2-4  Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

It should be done often, remember 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18  pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. This passage also tells us that prayer should be with gratitude and know that God desires for us to speak to Him.

Christians should be confident when speaking to God.   Hebrews 4:16 ‘Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’

Do not be shy about asking for others to pray for you.  Colossians 4:2-4  Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

Many other scriptures point to this all important practice.  This is a very fundamental way to develop a stronger faith in the God of Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.  

Do not take time to pray, MAKE TIME.  You will always be glad that you did and it will help you to have a meaningful relationship with God.  May all of us increase the  amount of time that we spend in communication with the Heavenly Father. 

Members at Arnold, be sure to grab some more red dots from the bulletin board that are intended to help you remember to pray without ceasing.