Imagine life without prayer . . . for the woman who sits at the bedside of a dying daughter – helpless because she can’t put breath back into a fading life or have the hope of healing here or after without a prayer to believe. We are surrounded every day by those in need of prayer carrying the heaviness of life and we’re incapable of fixing the broken. Only prayer. And then leave it to the One who can, however he chooses.
I understand when I listen to those who’ve prayed and feel that nothing changes and lose heart in a God that must be too distant to hear . . . but, His silence is not absence. Sometimes things turn out the opposite of what we have asked but it doesn’t make Him any less there – or any less good. Jesus didn’t return to heaven to have us fend for ourselves – so why do we try? And maybe you’ve experienced, when we come to the end of ourselves, without the hope of something greater all we have is ourselves.
So, think of the countless situations we face – what would it be like if we couldn’t ask God for protection, strength, wisdom, direction, comfort, joy and miracles for our families, our friends, our nation, our strangers?
I don’t want to know . .
No one can remove prayer from us but us – it remains a personal freedom within our spirit.
As necessary as breath is to survive, so is a sacred time-out to confidently tread a hallowed place where Jesus went before so we could have access to a holy God – who is only a prayer away.
There is power in prayer. To pray is the most precious thing we can do for another – it can change a life.
James 5:13 says if anyone is suffering or sick to pray and the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick and he will be raised up and forgiven . . . and that we should pray for one another . . .
. . . by our side whenever we’ve fallen . . . #tenthavenuenorth