The Inconvenience of Prayer

A friend walked into my office, and I could see that she needed to talk, after we shared niceties, she shared with me her concern. This was a God-sized issue. I now understood the look of concern on her face. I said we must pray right now. Unfortunately, she had to go. She assured me that she would be back as I thought about her several scriptures came to mind. I found them on my phone and wrote them down. Upon her return, we closed the door, and I prayed directly from God's word to her specific situation. When she left, she had a bit of peace, and she was comforted with the same spirit that has settled me over the years. At that moment we both experienced 2nd Corinthians 1:3-5 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in Christ's suffering, so also our comfort abounds through Christ."

I adopted a practice from a book or devotional, I read a while back, about prayer, I do not recall the author’s name, but the practice has stuck with me. When someone asks for prayer its generally not a convenient time I try to stop what I am doing and pray immediately. Many times, we are well-meaning and intend to pray. However, life can get in the way of remembering our pledge to pray. I have found so much joy and fulfillment when I practice this method. Prayer is opening the lines of communication for God to act. When our brother or sister reaches out for prayer together, we can call on the Holy Spirit's advocate. The word of God is exact on this practice in James:5-16 states, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful and effective." The good news is that our prayer was answered, and we saw God's hand move mightily in this situation. I wonder how many more circumstances God is waiting for us to ask for so He can respond. I leave you today with the word of God from Luke 11:9 "So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you." I do realize that not every prayer is answered this quickly. And waiting can take its toll on our faith, if you are still waiting on God, thank Him for today's blessings and remind Him that you are waiting on Him because you know according to Numbers 23:19 "God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

I hope today's blog is a blessing for you and your family, have a great day I love you.

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