Where does prayer fit in your life?
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.
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.