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Living Effectively for Christ 19- Be a Prayer Warrior

Day 19- Be a Prayer Warrior
Ruth P McDonald

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV)
“Continue steadfastly in prayer.” (Colossians 4:2a, ESV)
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9, ESV)

You walk away from a conversation with an acquaintance in which they just told you something devastating that they’re facing. Cancer. A child who’s rebelling. A lost job. Not enough money to pay the bills. A pregnancy loss. Death of a parent. Whatever it was, you assure them of this: I’ll be praying for you. Sometimes we follow up, but other times, we must confess, we walk away and forget their hardships and never bring them before the Father as promised.

I’ve been there; I’ve been guilty. I’ve promised to pray and then forgotten to follow through at times. So as I’ve gotten older and more mature in my faith, I’ve tried to be more careful to not make a promise regarding prayer that won’t be kept. If I tell someone I’ll pray for them, I do so immediately as I walk away. It’s a simple habit to put into practice, and while it may seem a feeble thing to offer up one simple prayer, communicating with God is always powerful.

Other times, it’s someone we deeply care for who is facing difficulties. Their situation keeps us laser-focused on prayer. Some prayers are the kind where you find yourself prostrate on the floor before the Lord, in anguish over the need and petitioning His help. In other prayers, I find confidence in “seeing” the steps necessary to carry us through the difficulties and trusting God to move to see those steps accomplished. But there are times when prayer seems like it’s not “working” at all; God seems silent on the matter, and that can be discouraging. Yet even then, we must still trust that when we approach His throne with boldness, He will act within the will of the Father, not necessarily in step with our will.

Praying for one another is a privilege and a responsibility of each believer. It’s a powerful resource at our disposal, but far too often, we approach prayer as a last resort rather than as our first response. As Christ followers, living effectively for Him is impossible without prayer. Prayer is a form of worship, and a way to directly communicate with the Lord Jesus. If we are not communicating or worshiping the Lord, we are not living effectively as His people.

How is your own prayer life looking these days? I’ve been in seasons in which life seemed so busy and it was easy to skip out on quiet time with God. When that happens, I find myself falling into negative thought patterns, anxiety, sinful thoughts, and a feeling of discontentment. We were made to worship the Lord, and when we fail to communicate with Him, we become weary of soul and easily discouraged.

I want to challenge you, as well as myself, to look for ways we can lift others up in prayer. Be that person that someone can approach with a level of comfort and confidence, knowing that as they share their burdens and heartaches with you, you’ll lift them up before our heavenly Father. There is a spiritual war all around us, and while we may at times be at a loss to know what to do, we can best fight on our knees. He is our all-powerful Creator God, and we know that no request is too big or too small. May we pray for one another, and trust that God not only hears us but longs to answer.

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