Praying and rejoicing are two very important parts of a Believer’s life, and they go hand in hand. Today’s Word of Encouragement is about praying. The first Word of Encouragement I wrote was on Prayer, but I think it bears another. Rejoice will be the next one.
Prayer is our lifeline. No matter how big or how small our concern, we are to take it to God. Prayer is how we talk to God, how we focus on Him, how we hear from Him. The Bible uses the word “pray” and its various conjugations about 375 times. Then there are the passages that use the concept of prayer without using that particular word. For a Book that has 66 books in it that’s a great deal of emphasis. Here are just a few of my favorites. You can find more by going to www.biblegateway.com and searching the word “pray”.
Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Mark 6:6 “And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.”
Acts 6:4” But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
During this time of isolation, we have even more opportunity to draw closer to Him. Today’s Word of Encouragement gives you a list of things you can be praying on during this time. There are more needs than ever in our community and our world and as Believers it is our privilege to come before His throne and petition the Almighty God. I sent out a survey by email earlier this week asking for your thoughts on what we can pray for and what we can rejoice in. Here is the list I compiled of your suggestions for prayer:
15 Things to Pray For During This Time of Challenge: