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(Voice of the Persecuted) How often do you pray? Do you find yourself saying, “I’ve been so busy, or tired that I forgot”? Are you finding yourself praying less? Do you tell yourself that you will pray more, but never seem to get around to it? True for many Christians, today.

When you do pray, is it done with passion and from the heart, or are you just going through the motions because it’s expected? Is that type of prayer even heard by God, or are they more like nails sliding down a chaulkboard to His ears? When we pray with all sincerity, our prayers become powerful and meaningful to the One who created us! (Revelation 8:4)

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split – Matthew 27:51

Through the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the veil has been torn and nothing can separate us from the love of God. He longs for a personal relationship with each one of us. He wants to be a part of our daily lives. And prayer is our direct connection to Him.

If prayer is not part of your daily routine, you’re not alone. But there is good news, ‘It’s a new day‘ and not to late to start! No longer do we need to feel regret over neglected communication with our God. Let today be the beginning of your devoted prayer life. Commit to a deeper relationship with your Father in Heaven. When we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. And He’s given us the Holy Spirit to help us in every way.

Make it a point to start the day in prayer. Do it while your making breakfast for the kids, getting ready for work, or in the car to where ever it is you may be going. It’s an amazing feeling when we can face the day confidently knowing our God goes with us from the start!

If all is going your way, praise Him. If it’s not, do the same. Pray about the decisions you are making, no matter how big or trivial they may seem. Pray for those you are connecting with. He wants to be there for you in all of it. You are His child and like a parent, He wants the best for you. (Matthew 7:11) Let Him guide you.

There is much to be praying about and many who need our prayers. Never stop praying, even when it seems your prayers are not being heard. Put your trust in Him and believe He is working for the outcome—in His time.

Instead of always telling Him what He can do for us, ask what it is you that can do for Him. Pray He will change the desires of your heart to align with His will. Remember to set aside some time in your busy schedules to be still, be quiet and wait for the Lord to reveal the plans that He has designed specifically for you.

Soon, you will find yourself praying throughout the entire day. We have a God that wants to walk the path with us. We don’t have to go it alone. He will bless you with His presence and gift you with a peace that can only come from Him.

Let us unite together and increase our praise and worship to the all powerful God who greatly loves us. May we strive for a closer relationship to the One who has called us out for Himself. It takes commitment on our part, but is worth every effort. Start this new day with the Father at the helm!

Are you remembering our persecuted family in your prayers? We speak with Christians facing extreme persecution almost daily. There is one thing they ask for in every communication, “Please pray for us”. They know the power of prayer. And it is a great blessing for them to know we care and have them covered in prayer. Oceans can’t divide us when we pray. Our prayers reach them. Many times we are told they can feel our prayers. They are facing increasing trials in persecution, the need is great to multiply our efforts in lifting them up to our Lord!

May God greatly bless you, brothers and sisters!

Lois Kanalos, Founder/Advocate

 

 


3 Comments

  1. Bro. Nick says:

    Thank you for a very timely article about Prayer – AND we very much need to remember the importance of Godly Supplication
    – especially in these times of great Apathy and increasingly rapid descent into Apostasy
    – not only here in ‘Amerika’ – but all around the world.

    What a difference there would be if more CHRISTians would take absolutely seriously what “the Lord God Almighty” inspired to be written – :
    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
    (II Chron 7:14 – KJV)
    ——————————————–
    If we would actually pray for help and – :
    10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

    11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

    18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

    19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
    20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
    (Eph 6:10-20 – KJV)
    ——————————————–
    Remembering and believing that if we – :
    Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH.
    (James 5:16 – KJV) – – EMPHASIS mine – Bro. Nick
    ————————
    How important are Prayer and Supplication to “the LORD JEHOVAH” – :
    For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, AND HIS EARS ARE OPEN UNTO THEIR PRAYERS:

    but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
    (1 Pet 3:12 – KJV) – – EMPHASIS mine – Bro. Nick

    ——–

    Pray | pray | prayed | prayer | prayers | prayest | prayeth | Praying | praying = 174 occurrences in the New Testament (KJV)

    supplication | supplications = 7 occurrences in the New Testament (KJV)
    ————————————————————————————————–

    Question: If we personally start to be truly persecuted – do you think that we will want other CHRISTians to pray for us in your time of need and trial ‘by fire’?

    — Thought: Will “the LORD GOD” bring us to the heart and mind of our CHRISTian brethren to pray for us
    – when so few CHRISTians actually pray or do anything for them in their time of great need and trial?

  2. Bro. Nick says:

    How often do I pray – very often – by the Grace of our Wondrous Risen, Eternal Lord and Saviour – Jesus the Christ!

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