One of the things I try to do with this blog is to every now and then remind you of the great source of information that is available on the internet. You will find a link in this week’s blog that I believe would be a blessing to your prayer life. Prayer, a personal conversation with our God is a privilege granted to anyone who seeks his presence in their life. It has been a long and difficult week….for our nation. Two confrontations with law enforcement officers, Charlotte NC, and Tulsa OK, ended with the death of two men. The protests that followed eventually became full blown riots. Three people killed in Athens TN in workplace violence and now five dead in Washington State in a random shooting that took place in a shopping mall; add the fact this is an election year with all the hoopla that goes with it and I’m led to share this with you.
We are a nation wandering in a wilderness we have created. What was once a nation that looked to God is now running from him. We have turned our back on God. We can blame any number of things or people for the state of our nation. It has been a bad week. Join me in the week to come in prayer for our nation. Prayer was a big part of the early church. What did the people who lived in Bible times pray about? Everything! Prayer runs through every book, and nearly every chapter. I found a great website about prayer this week. The URL of the site is http://hannascupboard.com . This is a great site and I encourage you to visit it when you can. We find many times in the new testament our Lord going to the Father in prayer even causing the disciples to ask “Lord teach us to pray.” There is a power in prayer and that power is available to all who seek God’s will and direction in their lives. Here are some inspirational prayer quotes from Hannah’s Cupboard.
“God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” John Wesley
“No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.” Guy H. King
“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Alfred Lord Tennyson
“Prayer is not getting man’s will done in heaven, but getting God’s will done on earth. It is not overcoming God’s reluctance but laying hold of God’s willingness.”
Richard C. Trench
“Only those who see the invisible can attempt the impossible.” Dick Eastman
James 5 The Power of Prayer 13 Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. 16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
1st Peter 5: 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
Please join me in the week to come as we pray for our nation and it people.
See you in the pew……..jk