I received an urgent prayer request from an orphanage in Africa asking me to pray for 2 young children with Malaria. Their fever was raging.
Although my heart was breaking, I felt like my prayers did little good. If my prayers were working, wouldn’t I feel something?
Not necessarily. Faith has nothing to do with feelings. It’s not an emotion that can be mustered up. Faith is believing God’s promises, believing His Word, and trusting Him.
When we feel like our prayers aren’t making it out of the room, we need to remember what God has said in His Word.
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 NKJV
Even in prayer, we must depend on His grace to give us the ability to pray with great faith. It is not by our own strength, but His.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV)
So as we approach our loving God in prayer, may we lean on Him and find grace to help us in our time of need. Let us depend on His power and goodness and not our own ability or power. He has given us the privilege of prayer.
“Our prayers cannot force God to do anything, but He uses them as His own instruments to bring about His will.”R. C. Sproul
Prayer isn’t something we have to do. It’s something we get to do. As the old hymn says, “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”
ABOUT What A Friend We Have in Jesus : What a Friend We Have in Jesus was written by Joseph M. Scriven. Joseph Scriven’s life was filled with many trials and sorrows. His fiancée died in a drowning accident on the eve of their wedding in 1844. Eventually, he found love again, but his plans for marriage were dashed again when his new bride-to-be died after a short illness in 1855. That same year, he received news from Ireland that his mother was terribly ill. He wrote a poem to comfort her called “Pray Without Ceasing”. It was later set to music and renamed What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Scriven did not have any intentions nor dream that his poem would be published in the newspaper and later become a favorite hymn among the millions of Christians around the world.
Fellowship with God is the heart of prayer. Too often we lose sight of how simple prayer is really supposed to be.”GotQuestions.org
With Love, Cindy
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