The Power of Prayer

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” — Max Lucado

“Satan trembles when he sees weakest saint upon his knees” — John Bytheway

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” — Philippians 4:6

In a moment of panic do you think to yourself, “I should pray”? or do you follow through with the panic?

We all have struggled with prayer. Whether it be because we are too busy to take a moment or because we get sidetracked in our thoughts.  Maybe we’ve stopped seeing the results we want and have stopped believing in a prayer’s power. We all have given up at some point.

Recently I felt that panic wash over me as I looked at our heat bill. People were being kind and thoughtful, but it didn’t matter because my worries about finances were too high to listen.

Then I prayed. Not just once, but through the process of paying the bill. What’s funny is like always, calm replaced anxiety. I thought about how fortunate I was to have a warm home with warm roommates and how the only thing getting in my way of seeing my blessings was that pesky devil trying to fill me with worry.

We are lucky we worship the God that wants to hear about our worries and then alleviate them in the most effective way possible. We are lucky we look to Christ who offered to bear the pain for us. We are lucky that God would rather hear a prayer that’s messy and confusing, then to not hear it at all.

Pray today. Pray when you get up, as you brush your teeth, as you find stress at work or at home, before you eat, on your walk to the bathroom, in the car. Out loud, in your head. When you feel like it and when you don’t. Together or alone. Eloquently or in the messy fashion that often spills out.

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