MONDAY November 14, 2022
The Importance of Prayer
…pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Prayer is extremely important in the body of Christ. On occasion, it is good to break up into different small groups to pray. As we do, who can we pray for? We can pray for the men and women who lead in any capacity, and for all those working in our government. The Apostle Paul directed us to pray for those in positions of authority:
…I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
Also, it is our Christian duty to pray for the sick and the weak. In the Scriptures, further instruction is given to those who are sick. They are to have the elders in the church pray for them:
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (James 5:14-15).
Always pray earnestly for those in church leadership. Especially that Satan does not draw them away, and that they can stand strong in the faith as they remain set apart to God. Most importantly, pray for America and that God would spiritually revive us. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God calls us to pray:
…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
I believe, most Christians have a heart for prayer, but many others do not. Understand, prayer is not just one way––communicating with God. It is also a time of listening to Him. Have your Bible open in times of prayer so God can speak to you through His Word.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible
than to be alive without breathing.