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Power of Prayer

**Week of 8/6/06**

Practical Praying

A poor man who lived in the country
broke his leg in an accident...

That meant he was laid up for a long
while, unable to work. His family was
large and needed help.

Someone got up a prayer meeting at
the church to pray for this family.
While the people were praying and
asking God to help the family, there
was a loud knock on the church door.
Someone tiptoed to the door, opened
it, and there stood a young farm boy
who said,"My dad could not attend the
prayer meeting tonight, so he just sent
his prayers in a wagon."

And there was the wagon loaded with
meat, potatoes, apples, and other things
from the farm.

Thought: It's one thing to offer prayers
that the needs of others might be met.
It's another thing to put those petitions
into practice.
-- Cited on KneEmail

James 5:16 (NIV) Therefore confess
your sins to each other and pray for
each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous man is
powerful and effective.

How often do we come to God in prayer
with a long list of what we want?  Instead
of having our own agenda, we need to
learn to wait upon God and listen for
His still small voice speaking to us.
God is holy. That means that we are
to approach Him with an attitude of
reverence and respect.  

I would encourage you to begin your
time of prayer in worship and praise
for who God is. Then confess any sins
that the Holy Spirit brings to your
mind, asking God for His forgiveness,
and the strength to resist temptation.  
Thank Him for your salvation, for
answered prayer, and anything else you
want to include. Then pray for your
close family and friends, your pastor
and church leaders, for the president
and other leaders in authority, for the
specific needs of the sick, the unsaved,
and others who God lays upon your
heart. Finally, bring your own burdens
and needs before Him and leave them in
His hands. This method of prayer is
called ACTS Adoration, Confession,
Thanksgiving, and Supplication.  It
will give you a renewed purpose and
effectiveness in your prayer life.

Until next week, remember God loves
you and there is power in prayer when
our focus is on Him and not ourselves.

Posted: August 5, 2006 

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