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Where does prayer fit in your life?

Posted by ~candice~ , in General 30 September 2010 · 8,552 views

I had cause lately to think about prayer, and the frequency in which I have heard others say, in a dejected tone, all I can do now is pray. It got me wondering about what kind of importance we place on prayer.

Is prayer something you do when you have tried all other avenues, or is it the first place of refuge that you run to? Do you try and sort things out using your own effort and wisdom, and rely on God if and when that fails, or, do you put the Lord first and trust Him in all things? When prayer is viewed as the last resort, or a fall back option, doesn't that say something about where we place our faith?

Please don't feel dejected or useless if the only thing you can do in a situation is pray. Feel hopeful, because you are relying on the power of God and not in human power or human wisdom. Prayer is powerful and effective!

Jas 5:16 Confess faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much.

When I was in high school, I had a friend who was a staunch atheist, who mocked Christians and anyone who had faith or believed in God. Later when I got saved, I was quite intimidated by her, I was never able to win a debate against her. She was incredibly smart and I was simply not able to out-wit her. Any attempt to give her the gospel was very quickly shot down.

It was then that I gave up arguing and started praying. What happened next can only have been the hand of God. A few days later, she lost her job. By this time we were uni students and couldn't afford to be without a job. A week later, she had a new job, as a weekend live-in carer for a young disabled woman.

Turns out this disabled woman was a Christian, so part of my friend's job was to take her to church each Sunday. The Lord had moved where I was powerless! My friend heard the gospel. The sad news is that she continued to use her free will to reject it. But she had heard it none the less, and it opened the door for us to discuss something that had always been out of bounds before.

I believe in the power of prayer, and that it ought to take a much more prominent place in our lives (and my life!).

Pro 3:5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.


God bless!



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very cool, great testimony.
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very nice..thanks for the story. It just goes to show that prayer works.
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I talk to God all the time... so praying is a very important part of my life....

I am praying for your friend, Sister. I have the same problem with my family; they are "Christians" but they do not really know God.... Like you, I too am powerless to share with them my life, to bring them to the Lord, unless God breaks down these invisible walls that separate them from me....

All I can do is pray, but I say this not with dejection, but with hope and trust... :wub:
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Amen DP, that's the key! We pray not with dejection but with hope and trust! Amen! :emot-highfive:
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Love is alive
Oct 09 2010 12:10 PM
Wonderful story! The power of prayer is AWESOME!!!!!!
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stephobell1
Oct 09 2010 04:55 PM
oh my goodness, that is amazing :) love it, brought tears to my eyes
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I agree with your article. The bible says ofter times we ruin our own lives then blame god and get dejected. You will always have unbelievers. And many of the faith will fall away. This is a long race and I pray for endurance. I have just now started to pray like I should, I have always prayed. I am healthy, car, little job. Things are going ok. But i pray all day. I am seeking God. He has comforted me and I am looking for much more spiritual gifts.
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Wonderful story

i want to ask you?

why do you pray only once a week
must only pray every day and thanking god??

?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i am not a Christian

i respect the religion of Christianity
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Wonderful message! I believe we should pray unceasingly in spirit, living always as though the Lord were right there beside us. He is!:) He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother! We should feel free to bring everything before Him! What a blessing to be called "friend" by the God of all the universe!!!:heart: Thank you for the encouragement!
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Weareoeforever
Feb 01 2011 11:43 AM
This piece by Steve Maraboli is my favorite- its from his book- Life, the Truth and Being Free. It makes me realize that God sent us here and we shouldn't be waiting for HIM to do something. When we're here. It saves a lot of prayer time :)

Do Something!

I was sitting on a plane after a long, tiring business trip. I was a bit grouchy and irritable because the rigorous schedule I had made for myself left me exhausted. Looking to not talk to the person next to me and simply endure the flight, I decided to open my newspaper and read about what was happening in the world. As I continued to read, it seemed that everywhere I looked there were stories of injustice, pain, suffering, and people losing hope. Finally, fueled by my tired, irritable state, I became overcome with compassion and frustration for the way things were. I got up and went to the bathroom and broke down.
With tears streaming down my face, I helplessly looked to the sky and yelled to God.
God, look at this mess. Look at all this pain and suffering. Look at all this killing and hate. God, how could you let this happen? Why dont you do something?
Just then, a quiet stillness pacified my heart. A feeling of peace I wont ever forget engulfed my body.
And, as I looked into my own eyes in the mirror, the answer to my own question came back to me
Steve, stop asking God to do something. God already did something, he gave you life. Now YOU do something!
© Steve Maraboli
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