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A Simple Prayer
3/4/2011

A Simple Prayer

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Colossians 1:3 (NKJV)

They're so many times when I am being confronted by people with issues I initially don't have an answer for.  It could be the frustration of a marriage problem, the hurt and pain because of a loss of a family member, or even frustration over money issues.  Ultimately, I will encourage them to seek God for all of these things.  I may have memorized many scriptures I can refer them to for giving insight, but perhaps God has more planned.  I must be willing to seek God for His will during each and every time, because without Him, I can do nothing (John 15:5).

I have found myself at a loss for words at various times when attempting to help someone and I believe this is very much a part of God's plan for teaching me to be totally dependent upon Him. When this happens I simply acknowledge the power of seeking the Lord and providing a Simple prayer for the person I am attempting to minister to.

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

When it comes to being a Christian witness, whether it be at home, at school, or in the work place, it is important for us to remember we do not have to know everything there is to know about the Word of God, to be effective in our ministering to others in need.  We don't have to possess all the answers to every question, or deliver a 3 point message each time we open our mouths to encourage someone. Sometimes it is just stopping and saying a little prayer for the person the Lord has placed upon your heart, or brought within your life this day.

When we pray it is a powerful witness as it shows a deep abiding love for those receiving prayer and it shows our belief in a loving action and the power of our Lord to both provide and heal for those in need.  In essence, we are providing a gift that cannot be purchased.

Hey Christian, the next time you find yourself confronted with someone who is filled with anxiety, anger, hurt, grief, or pain, go vertical and ask God what to pray for and then just follow the leading of The Holy Spirit.  Ask that person, "Hey, can I pray for you?" The Lord just laid it upon my heart..." Then simply start your prayer, "Lord, I want to lift up this person and ask for Your perfect peace to be given to them as they keep their mind upon You and as they trust You..."

Try this the next time - you will be surprised at their response as you show them God's love through prayer.  You will also find God's blessing upon your life as you become a part of His ministry - as you fulfill the role He has intended for you specifically.


STUDY QUESTION:  According to James 5:16, what happens to the prayer of righteous man?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself at a loss for words in the past when someone is obviously hurt or frustrated?

APPLICATION: Make it your goal to allow the Lord to work through you in blessing others.  Start praying for others regularly, and don't be intimidated by how you pray, because it isn't about your choice of words, it is about your choice of heart.

Father, I Thank You for allowing us to speak to You directly in the form of prayer.  It is an awesome privilege to be able to lift others up in prayer.  Lord, help me to pray for those you send my way today. In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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