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  • Michael Harmon: What God's word teaches about prayer

  • There is power in prayer
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  • The Bible is our handbook in living the Christian life.  When we study this handbook, we find that Prayer is the avenue in which all Christians draw near to God.
    As we study the Bible, we learn not only how to live for God, but how to communicate with God.  That avenue is prayer.
    Consider the following:
    There is power in prayer.  Consider that James writes, “…The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”  (James 5: 16).  The power in prayer is in the energy that comes from a righteous man who prays.  Therefore, each believer has the power of prayer.
    There is persistence in prayer.  Jesus in Luke chapter 11 verses five through eight is telling the disciples about a man who comes to his friend at midnight because he is in need of some food for a traveler, a friend of his own.  The friend inside tells him to go away, it is late and he will not give him any food.  Jesus then states, but not because the man is in need, but because he is persistent in asking for help, the man inside gets up and gives him the food he wants.  “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”  (Luke 11: 8).
    Therefore, it is the same with our prayers.  There is power in persistence!  Jesus says, “And I say to you, ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened.”  (Luke 11: 9, 10).
    Persistence and prayer go hand in hand.
    Finally, there is a promise found in prayer.  God answers our prayers with “Yes, no, and wait awhile.”
    Regardless of the answer to our prayers, always remember, that it is God who is looking out for your interest.  It is a promise that He cares and looks out for His own!
    Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ.  michael@augcoc.kscoxmail.com

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