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I have learned so much about prayer in the last few years. I have learned how to pray, who to pray for and why God says no. I have barely scratched the surface with this devotional series on prayer, but I have tried to present some of the basics and I hope I have given you some motivation to do your own research on this vast topic. There are not only many Bible verses that I left untouched, but the internet is full of stories of prayer giants throughout history that God worked through and partnered with because of their prayers. I encourage you to do some digging and find out for yourself what a rich topic this is. In the meantime, I will leave you with my own reflections on what I have learned in writing this devotional series:

  1. Intercession – As Christians, we have a call to pray for ALL people. We can’t just pick and choose who we pray for. God doesn’t want any of us to perish. We are to pray for EVERYONE!
  2. Three Ways To Pray In Difficult Circumstances – God never promised that life would be easy. When we are faced with tough circumstances, God expects us to REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY CONTINUALLY, and GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. Is it easy to do? NO! But, it is the only way to find God’s peace and comfort in the midst of the storm.
  3. Simple Prayers From A Humble Heart – We do not need to pray one certain way or be a certain way for God to hear and answer our prayers. He made us all unique and we all have a unique set of spiritual giftings. Some of us are extroverts and the Holy Spirit does guide them to lead others in corporate prayer for a specific issue, but there are also some of us who are introverts whose prayers are just as effective, even if we are quietly praying from the pew.
  4. Community Prayer – We are made for community. God made us to encourage each other and to do life together. One of the most important things we can do together is pray. Prayer can transform communities. Corporate prayer has led to revivals. Our prayers become so much more powerful when we join our prayers in unity for the cause of Christ.
  5. Pray For Your Enemies – God expects us to pray for our enemies and those who persecute us. We already know that prayer can transform communities. The transformation of communities only happens when individual hearts are transformed because of our prayers. There is so much pain in this world today because of hate-filled hearts. How can we not obey?
  6. God Answers Prayers – We know that God WILL answer our prayers, but they MUST be according to His will and we MUST believe that we have received it. Believing requires faith. Faith is that trust that resides deep in our spirits because of prayers answered in our own personal lives or because we believe the God of the Bible will is still the same God today. We have faith that God will answer our prayers if we pray according to His will.

 

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU: Do your own research on prayer, prayer giants throughout history, and revivals through history that have come about because of corporate prayer. More importantly, begin your own prayer journey. Pray on your own and get into a church or prayer group and pray corporately for transformation in your community and the lives of those around you.

Prayer is such a huge part of the Christian’s life that we are called to pray constantly. We are to be in continual communication with our maker, our heavenly Father. This is such an important way to find that peace and comfort when everything around us is falling apart. If I can pray for you in any way, contact me and let me know your need. I am always here. God bless you in your prayer journey!

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