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P.R.N. — When Necessary

praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—Ephesians 6:18 (NKJV)

There is an acronym used within the medical profession and it is one of a number of hallowed abbreviations of Latin terms traditionally used in prescriptions by Doctors.  It is P.R.N. and it has derived from the Latin, “pro re nata,” which translates to “When Necessary,” or “As Needed.”  The thought being, the prescribed medicine for the patient should be taken as needed. 

I think there are many people who utilize prayer in the same way—they do it, As needed, which usually translates to when things aren’t going so good.  And unfortunately, when things are going fine, prayer isn’t done nearly as much or as fervently. 

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (NKJV)

I like to think of God as the ultimate Physician because He alone accomplishes all healing.  Sure, He may use doctors, and medicines as tools of healing, or He may simply choose to speak healing (Matt. 8:8), but we must never forget, He is the One who heals. 

The way I see it, if Jesus is our Great Physician, then His Word—the Bible—is His prescription for healthy living.  We must look to the Scriptures contained within and follow the Dr.’s orders if we are to be healed—both physically, and spiritually.   We should know our prayers are an integral part of our healing, and God has actually given us His personal prescription for how often we should pray; we can see it in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)

I guess we should follow doctor’s orders if we espouse to be made well.  The next time you are given a prescription by your doctor, you might take note of the acronym, P.R.N.  The next time you think about praying for God’s provision, His protection, for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit, or for just about anything, then be sure to take note of His acronym of P.W.C. as outlined in the prescription of 1 Thess. 5:17.  Praying without ceasing doesn’t mean non-stop prayer, but it does imply habitual recurring prayer, growing out of a settled attitude of dependence on God.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s learn to pray without ceasing (P.W.C.), because prayer is always needed. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Thessalonians 5:17, how important is prayer?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be fully dependent upon God by continuously having recurring prayer?

APPLICATION: Let’s decide to involve God in all of our decisions by praying to Him. 

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for allowing us to come to You in prayer.  Father, teach us how to better hear Your voice and to know Your will for our lives as we seek You in prayer.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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