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How Prayer Works

Published 5/14/19


Read James 1:6 (NIV)

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.


Reflect

• Do you pray with confidence, believing that God will answer you?

• How can you overcome doubt?

• Do you trust that God knows what's best and will take care of you?


Prayer is connection. "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them" (Psalm 145:18-19).


Prayer is communion. "If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever" (John 14:15-16).


Prayer is conversation. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6, NKJV).


Prayer is vital. In the words of R. C. Sproul, the Lord God of the universe, the Creator and Sustainer of all things not only commands us to pray, but also invites us to make our requests known. "In the act and dynamic of praying," he says, "I bring my whole life under His gaze. Yes, He knows what is in my mind, but I still have the privilege of articulating to Him what is there. He says, 'Come. Speak to Me. Make your requests known to Me.' And so, we come in order to know Him and to be known by Him."


Pray

Lord Jesus, help me to make prayer a priority of my life. Let it be like breathing. Amen.


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