Prayer

I remember when I was a little girl I would pray every night before bed. I don’t recall my exact age, but I know I was under ten years of age. My mom is one of eight kids, so my prayers would last forever. I would pray for every aunt and uncle, cousin and the rest of my family. I might have fallen asleep in the middle of the prayer, not sure. My prayers stopped as I got older because my life was all about me and not God.

I am back to praying and I have been for years. The power of prayer is amazing and God does hear our prayers. Our prayers need to be sent through the faith we have in Him. Prayers are answered, and this I know from experience. Pray to God and say what you have to say. He knows what we will say before we say it, but our hearts need to be right with God. I have prayed many times for the same thing and they were answered. God comes through in the storms, but we have to be patient.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Psalms 27:14

Our timing is not God’s timing, and our prayers are in His timing. If you expect a prayer to be answered right away and it isn’t, don’t be upset. We must be patient and have trust in the Lord and know that His plans are according to His timing. There is a plan for all of us and that is God’s plan, not ours. We cannot figure this life out and we must rely on God.

Praying isn’t just about us, it is about others. You may have a friend or family member who needs prayer. It may be the lost of a loved one, a loss of a job or even a home. Pray for others regularly and know that when you pray it comes from the heart. Jesus wanted us and commanded us to pray for others. God has a plan for us all, and when we pray for others we are praying according to His plan.

“Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

Luke 6:28

Devote time to prayer and make it a habit to pray. Pray with confidence and grace. God hears all who call on Him. Please do not forget to thank God for all He has done. Praying with our Lord is the most powerful thing we can do. Encourage others to pray with God and know that when we pray we are growing closer to Him.

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