The power of prayer

I believe in the power of prayer because I have seen God move in a mighty way because of the prayers of his people.

I’ve seen men who have rejected Christ’s salvation for decades make a personal decision to follow him. I’ve seen marriages, which were on the brink of failure, be healed. I’ve seen teenagers who only nights ago tried to end their lives find a renewed hope for living through Christ.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God promises, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” But prayer is much more than simply a magic wish to make everything right. Prayer is communion with God. Yes, part of that communion is petitioning for needs but it also includes praise, worship, thanksgiving and confession. Prayer doesn’t need to be an eloquent monologue but rather an honest, heartfelt conversation between you and the heavenly Father. Perhaps you have never experienced this intimate dialogue with God. The good news is, you can begin now. Here are a few steps to begin:

  1. Tell God how much and why you love Him. Simply praise Him.

  2. Thank God for what He has and is doing in your life.

  3. Confess any recent wrongdoings or thoughts and actions that may be distancing you from God.

  4. Ask God to help those in your life and around the world who are hurting.

  5. Ask God to help you in your personal trials and difficulties.

Today is the National Day of Prayer. What better day to start a prayer relationship with God! -- Jay

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