Monday, March 30th, 2009 10:15 P.M.
Do you pray? Who do YOU pray to? Have you every prayed out loud? Do you think God hears you when you pray?
Here is what James 5:16 says about prayer:
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
That verse said that prayer is POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE! How awesome is that?! God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.
In Ephesians 6:18 the Bible tells us how we should pray:
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
So, in that verse it tells us to be alert and always be praying. God hears us, and He hears all of our prayers, whether or not we pray out loud or just to ourselves.
When we pray we should pray like we are talking to God, just like we’re having a conversation with Him. It doesn’t have to be big and fancy, just honest and forthright.
Matthew 6:7-8 says this about prayer.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Do you ever wonder what to pray about? Sometimes I have to just be quiet, still and listen for God to speak to me.
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The power of prayer has overcome enemies (Psalm 6:9-10), , conquered death (2 Kings 4:3-36), brought healing (James 5:14-15), and defeated demons (Mark 9:29). God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom (James 1:5).
So, if you pray, know that God DOES hear you, and He does answer your prayers, maybe just not in a way that we thought He would.
Have a most blessed week.