Prayer



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    Life is not always perfect. There are times when we face difficult situations. There are times when we are persecuted by wicked people. There are times when sickness, loss, and troubles seem to come at us from every direction. Yet it is these times that often lead us to trust God as we should and to put our faith in Him. When we face struggles we turn to Him in prayer. When we go through difficult times we realize that we need God. There are several times prayer is mentioned in the Bible.

    James 1:5-6 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”
    Our prayers must be prayers of faith. James here has described the prayer of faith that is trusting that God will deliver the wisdom He has promised. All of our prayers must be asked in faith trusting and knowing that God will provide that which is best. Prayers must be prayers of faith knowing that even though the devil might be putting us through a difficult time, God is going to work it out for good as long as we love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

    Luke 22:42 says, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
    As Christ was facing crucifixion and knew what was coming, He turned to God in prayer and asked that the “cup would pass” from Him. Jesus was praying and desiring that the coming pain and humiliation of the crucifixion would be removed, however Christ also prayed that God’s will be done. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is what allows us to have forgiveness of sins. Without that perfect sacrifice we wouldn’t have hope. It was necessary for Christ to endure this great suffering in order to accomplish the will of God. We must realize that as humans we don’t always understand or see how the will of God will play out. Our ultimate desire must be that God’s will is accomplished in all things...even if that means I must endure a temporary pain. We must trust that in the long run God’s will is always better than our own desires.

    1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.”
    Prayer should be a constant in our everyday lives. Prayer should be something that fills our mind not only when we are facing difficult times, but also when it seems that everything is going right. When our faith is where it needs to be, our prayers will be constant. Faith demands trust in God and when we fully trust in God we will pray continually.

    Our part in prayer is to ask in Faith, pray according to God’s will, and pray without ceasing. God promises to hear our prayers. God promises to work all things together for good when we follow Him. Do we trust Him enough to pray?