There are many times in life when those we love are hurting.
When we would do anything to ease their suffering, solve their dilemma, or just have the perfect words to comfort them.
Sometimes all we can do is pray.
Today I wonder if there is much more to that simple statement than meets the eye.
Recently I was listening to a sermon on prayer by Charles Price and this is what he said,
“Prayer is not something we do for the work of God, prayer IS the work of God.”
This statement made me think about prayer and how often we underestimate its value in our walk with the Lord.
I know there are countless millions living in utter poverty. I can send a little money, but all I can really do is pray.
I have missionary friends living in war-torn Ukraine. They can’t even rest in the safety of their own homes. And all I can do is pray.
I know there are countless families struggling to find work and put food on the table, yet all I can do is pray.
There are countless people suffering from illness, injury, and even facing death. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change their situations. All I can do is pray.
I have concerns about the future, and most of it is out of my hands. Yet, I can pray. I can pray for wisdom, guidance, peace, and provision.
I can pray. We can pray. Sometimes I think we forget how much we can do because we can pray. When we pray, God moves.
As always, let’s look to see what the Word has to say about prayer.
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” ~James 5:16
“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:18
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” ~John 14:13
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” ~1 Timothy 2:1-5 (NIV)
“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you.” ~1 Samuel 12:23 (NIV)
“The Lord has heard my prayer; the Lord accepts my plea.” ~Psalm 6:9
“Pray without ceasing.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:17
The Bible has much more to say about prayer. There is example after example of the many occasions and reasons we should pray.
I know that when I focus on the problem, I am ineffective. When I give it to the Lord in prayer, He is ever faithful.
Let us all be challenged to search the Scriptures to learn more about this important aspect of our Christian walk.
And let us resolve to put more power behind our statement when we promise someone, “I will pray for you.”
Perhaps that is just the thing that is needed.
It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. ~Isaiah 65:24
Always know, dear Readers, that I am praying for you.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can come to You in prayer with unrestricted access. Thank You that we can not only share our own troubles, but lift up the burdens of others. Thank You that You hear. Thank You that you listen and that You answer. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
*All Scripture verses are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.
This post is dedicated to Caleb Suko and his family. You can read more about their ministry in the Ukraine here.
The first version of this post originally appeared on Simply Jesus Ministries.
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