Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013 “The Power of Prayer”

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way way you know how, for everyone you know.” (1 Timothy 2:1 – The Message)

Good Morning Blessed Children of the King!

I wonder how many ways there are to pray? I am sure there are many. Let’s think about that. You can pray prayers of thanksgiving, praise, intercession, requests. You can pray for protection or deliverance. You can pray prayers of confession, or simply converse with God as you would with your closest friend. You can pray while kneeling, sitting, standing, or lying down. You can pray in your car, or while riding on a bus, plane, train, or while walking or running.  In his personal letter to Timothy, Paul urges, (and that’s a strong word) Timothy to pray first of all! Why are we to pray? After all, our God is quite capable of doing whatever He deems right. His power is not shackled by our failure to pray. Were that so, what was the world like before we were born? Why pray at all?  Although God is, indeed, all-powerful and all-knowing, He has chosen that we be agents of change along with him through our prayers. How this works or why this is so is somewhat of a mystery because of our limited understanding of the ways of God, but it is a reality nonetheless. I believe it has something to do, at least in part, with the fact that God created us to have fellowship with Him. He chose us and made us for this great purpose. I remember a time when I was a boy sitting with my dad in the family car. Power steering had just been invented. We were driving to somewhere or other (I don’t remember where), but he let me put my hand on the wheel next to his own and help steer the car down the road. Now he was in complete control of the situation, but he allowed my the privilege and the thrill to “partner” in the driving with him. I see our partnering with God through prayer in a similar fashion. God is always in control, but he brings us into partnership with him through our prayers. Paul urged Timothy and us to pray first of all…to pray in every way we know how for everyone we know. Our earnest prayers have powerful results. It’s in the Book! Let’s pray!

Strong and Loving God; We marvel at the depth of your love for us, that your desire for fellowship is so great that you permit our prayers to make a difference in the world around us for the people around us. They are, as James said, “Powerful and effective.” Gladly we bring our prayers before you this day. Gladly we pray for one another. Gladly we give You the glory, in Jesus Most Blessed Name. Amen!





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