Pray, Pray Pray!

My habit of prayer had been irregular at best most of my life. I prayed when I was afraid, when I wanted something, and when I was guilty. I almost never prayed thanks unless I thought a prayer for rescue had been answered. I never prayed for wisdom, guidance, or that God’s will be done in my life. I could handle all those details, I thought.

That’s all changed; God and I talk a lot now. I’ve finally realized I cannot handle all the details of my life, so now I ask Him for wisdom, guidance, and to show me His will. My days are indeed more comforting to me when I surrender myself to Him rather than continue to walk as if I were in control of my own destiny.

But even then I realized an important step I had yet to take in my effort live as a mature Christian was to ask others to pray not only for me, but with me. In the same way that having faith was not to be a secret or private matter, prayer was not meant to be reserved only for private moments.

The first time someone prayed over I came to tears. I could feel my yoke was becoming light on my shoulders! I began making prayer requests whenever I could. Some would promise to remember me in their prayers; others would take my hand and pray with me right then and there. Wow, the feelings that come into your heart when someone asks God to be with you are so powerful!

Recently a gentleman asked me how he could repay a favor and I asked him to pray for my family and me. He wanted to know specifically what I wanted his prayers to address. I began asking him to pray for this or that, and he immediately went into a specific prayer with me. What a reward!

Who will you pray for today? Better yet, who will you pray with today?

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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