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30th November 2023


The Power of Prayer

Prayer is the way that we connect with, communicate with & commune with our Heavenly Father.
It is a dynamic interaction between the Lord & the believer of togetherness through active speaking & listening.
James writes out prayer in his New Testament letter where he outlines 5 S’s when pray is appropriate.
We have also seen how James highlights Elijah as an example of someone who prayed effectively, powerfully & passionately.
We too can pray in this way as we are ordinary people like Elijah & wonderfully equipped & empowered by the Holy Spirit.
We will start exploring our 5 S’s today & prayer when we are Suffering will be our focus.


Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. James 5:13 NKJV


The striking point James makes through highlighting 5 S’s of prayer is that prayer is needed in every circumstance of life.
We all tend to pray when life is tough but can be much less attentive to prayer in the times when life is going very well for us.
Here James encourages prayer when someone is suffering, distressed, afflicted, experiencing trouble or enduring hardship.
We can be sure that every single one of us will experience times or seasons like this in our lives. That is life (John 16:33).
It is through prayer, patience & perseverance that we experience the promises of God.
Like Jesus the road we must tread is through suffering to glory (1 Peter 2:21). SELAH

Christians are to turn to prayer in these times & to call upon the Lord for help.
Prayer with patience & persistence waiting on the Lord is the key.
We don’t look inward to our own strengths or all around to see what might be available in the world.
We look UP for our help comes from the Lord (Psalm 121). We look heavenward.
The Lord’s presence & peace will sustain & strengthen us in the times of trail, trouble & tribulation.
We look to the One who speaks peace & calm to the storms in our lives (Mark 4:39).
We seek the One who can truly still our souls & spirits. Hallelujah!!!

The Apostle Paul knew what it was to experience the Lord’s sustenance & strength in many difficult circumstances.
Throughout them all he never lost heart or lacked the Lord’s presence & peace (2 Corinthians 4:7-12).
A rhythm, practice & habit of prayer really helps in this area. Disciples become habits which become lifestyles. SELAH
Prayer comes automatically then whatever is happening in us or to us.
“True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency.
Make it a habit, and when the need arises you will be in practice.” – Billy Graham

Whatever you are facing or experiencing in life stay faithful & steadfast in prayer. Keep looking up to the Lord.

For Reflection

  • Do I look firstly to the Lord in the times or trial or difficulty?
  • How robust & reliable are my rhythms & practices of prayer?
  • Meditate upon the need for patient persevering prayer in times of trouble & tribulation.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You never leave me or forsake me,
That Your presence & peace are always readily available.
Jesus thank you that You endured suffering upon the cross for me,
Give me strength & patience to endure suffering as I journey through this life.
Holy Spirit keep me disciplined, faithful & steadfast in my prayer life,
So that prayer flows freely from me whatever I am experiencing in this life.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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