MORE THAN A PRE-MEAL TRADITION
“Dear Lord, thank You for this food. Amen” Sound familiar?
It’s usually the quick five-second prayer we say before we devour the food that’s on our plate. As a kid it took everything in me not to sneak a bite of food while my dad would pray his long prayer before we ate. Prayer if we are not careful can end up being just something we do before we eat.
It’s safe to say that prayer is one of the hardest spiritual disciplines to do consistently. We get distracted easily, we start to ramble, and next thing you know we’re thinking about what we’re eating for lunch that day. God designed prayer to be something much more than what we say before we eat! God has a lot to say about prayer in His Word.
In the book of James it says “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.” This passage not only
tells us to pray for each other but also how powerful the prayer of a righteous man can be. We see a great example from Elijah. Elijah prayed fervently. He prayed with passion and enthusiasm. He prayed as if God was going to do what he was asking. When we pray, let us come boldly to God with our request. In the book of 1 John it
“COME BOLDLY TO GOD”
says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” God hears us when we pray. How crazy is that? The God of the universe not only wants you to pray to Him, but He also listens to you! So how often should we pray? Well, how often does your spouse, best friend, parents, children, etc. want you to talk to them? Every day, all the time, right?
That’s exactly how God feels. He wants to hear from you daily. In 1 Thessalonians the Bible says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
God wants to hear from you all the time in every circumstance! Spend time in prayer today and tell God what’s on your heart. Remember, He’s listening!
Young Couples and College Pastor
There are 497,000 souls in Peavine City and we want to move the needle one percent.
PRAYER GUIDE FOR TODAY:
Pray for Pastor Joel and Sherry.
Pray for the staff.
Pray that God would help grow your spiritual discipline of Prayer.
Pray that Peavine will always be a church that prays with expectancy and that God will continue to do great things at our church.