June 3, 2005
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer…
I think the topic of prayer deserves more than just one day of discussion. I picked up a powerful quote once from Dr. Alex Carroll, a physician who won the Nobel Prize in 1912 for his research in physiology. He said,
“The influence of prayer on the human mind and body is as demonstrable as the secreting glands. As a physician I have seen men after all other therapy had failed, lifted out of disease and melancholy by the serene effort of prayer. It is the only power in the world that seems to overcome the laws of nature.
“Too many people regard prayer as a formalized routine of words, a refuge for weaklings, or a childish petition for material things. We sadly undervalue prayer when we conceive it in these terms, just as we should underestimate rain by describing it as something that fills the birdbath in our garden.
“Properly understood, prayer is a mature activity indispensable to the fullest development of personality; the ultimate integration of man’s highest faculties. Only in prayer do we achieve that complete and harmonious assembly of body, mind, and spirit which gives the frail human reed its unshakable strength.”
Oh, the power of prayer! There are different kinds of prayer—adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Each of these characteristics of prayer should be practiced daily when talking to God. Be specific in your prayers. We like to play it safe too often praying, “Lord, bless the church. Bless my family. Bless the missionaries. Bless our country. Amen.” Make your requests known to God and you’ll see Him begin to answer specific prayers in your life. Once this happens, you’ll become a true believer in the power of prayer.
Get out beyond praying for yourself and your family, and add others to the list. Are you praying for people to come to know the Lord? You should be. And if you don’t know what to begin praying for, start with those Christian soldiers fighting the battle. Then, put on your armor and get in the fight, so that you too can make a difference for the Lord and have victory over the enemy!
GOD DOES BUSINESS WITH THOSE WHO MEAN BUSINESS—PRAYER
IS WORK. WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE, KEEP ON PRAYING!