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August 29, 2014

Prayer Helps!

For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.” Philippians 1:19 (NLT)

Prayer helps! John Wesley once said, “God does nothing except in answer to prayer.” Following a litany of trials that the Apostle Paul endured in which he despaired even of life itself, he said to the Christ followers in Corinth, “… you helped us by praying for us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10 NLT) Later, while imprisoned in Rome and awaiting trial, not knowing whether he would be released or executed, he wrote to the church in Philippi, “… I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.” As it turned out, Paul was released from this imprisonment. Prayer helps! James 4:2 says, “… you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.” Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you ….” (Matthew 7:7a) Does this mean we will get whatever we ask for? It means God hears. God answers. I can’t always predict the way in which He answers or what the answer will be, but He promises to answer. Jeremiah 33:3 says, Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” One of the great joys in my life as I read my Bible daily and review the personal notes I’ve made in the margins of the prayers I’ve prayed is to see the recorded dates of how and when God answered my prayers! If you want your prayer life to become dynamic, it must first be specific. General prayers get general answers. Specific prayers get specific answers. Answered prayer is undeniable evidence for the existence of God, a God who cares and is personally involved in our lives! I’ll say it again. Prayer helps! If you or someone you know and love needs help – pray.