The Importance of Prayer

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Feel Whole Challenge Day 4: Pray for Someone

Prayer is one of the most powerful forces on earth. Not the act in and of itself—though many things could be said about the power of prayer to center us and re-orient our souls—but because of the object of our prayer.

Hudson Taylor once said, “When WE work, WE work. But when we pray, GOD works!”

I have this sneaking feeling He can get a lot more done than we can. He holds the universe in His hands and sustains it by the power of his word. He has shown himself to be trustworthy over and over again. He doesn’t change. He holds all the wisdom and insight of the ages and before time even began. He just knows better than we do and He is far more qualified to know exactly what needs to happen in this world than we could ever be.

I think that’s probably why we are told over and over again in scripture to pray.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Prayer is not a last resort, it’s a first response. It’s not what you turn to after you’ve exhausted all your other resources and ideas. Our circumstances are an invitation for us to connect with God and let him do the things we never could in way better ways than we could ever imagine.

Over the next 21 days, think of someone you can be praying for and then just commit to follow through with it!

Maybe a co-worker has been diagnosed with an illness and needs healing.
Maybe you want a stronger marriage and need to pray for your spouse.
Maybe your friend lost her job and she needs to find something quickly.

It’s one thing to say you’ll pray for someone. It’s another thing entirely to actually do it. But I promise you, as you form a habit of going to God with your requests, He will do just as He has promised and give you peace beyond all your understanding. The person you’re praying for won’t be the only one blessed—you will be too!

The opinions in this blog have been written by a sponsored guest blogger, who is not an AdventHealth employee. This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

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Writer: Stephen Miller
Stephen is a pastor, musician, author and speaker. When he’s not working on his music, he’s at home with his wife, Amanda, and their seven children. Stephen strives to spread the word of God everyday. He travels the world to teach and lead worship while sharing his stories and life lessons.

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