“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Hello again! I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend! It seemed that there were many more fireworks this year than before. We also noticed that people were actually shooting fireworks before it was dark! Never heard of that before…
Something that God has been showing my family recently is the power of prayer. As the verse above says, the prayer of a righteous and Godly person accomplishes much. So many times, we don’t take advantage of this great privilege that we have. Think about it- we have a direct line to the Maker of the universe. And so often, we neglect this opportunity that He has given us.
In Matthew 6, Jesus outlines a model that we can use when we pray:
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”
There are several things we should pray for. The one that I’m going to focus on today is intercessory prayer:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…”
-1 Timothy 2:1
Throughout Scripture, we see that we need to be constantly in prayer for many things. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we need to be in continual prayer. Philippians 4:6 says to make our requests known to God. The list goes on and on. The bottom line is this: prayer is one of the ways that we communicate with our heavenly Father, and He encourages prayer for us and others. James says that the prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much.
We must take advantage of this thing that Christ has given us if we are one of His children. The whole point of this is to say that we would like to pray for you. We’re going to start a prayer list page on our blog that you can go to and see all of the requests for prayer that are up there. If you would like prayer for anything, or if you know someone who needs prayer, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put it up on the prayer list page. They will stay up there for a few months.
Prayer is powerful, and as Christ’s children, we need to be in correspondence with our Father.
Have a great week!