Monday, April 25, 2016

Pastor's Ponderings, April 25, 2016

Don’t Forget To Pray

In the aftermath of the outpouring of grief over the loss of musical icons, Glenn Fry, David Bowie and Prince, in 2016, one comment stood out. Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.” Prince, the noted entertainer, assured his fans that his health was fine so they did not need to pray for him.  Whether or not their prayers may have affected his life is unknown since only God knows our end from our beginning (Psalm 139:16). 

We do know that in the Bible, King Hezekiah prayed to the Lord and God gave him fifteen more years (Isaiah 38:5).   The Bible also says that when righteous person prays, it is powerful and effective (James 5:16).  The Bible advises us that if we ask anything in the name of Jesus, he will do it (John 14:14). Therefore, those who love the Lord ought to always pray and not give up in spite of how things look (Luke 18:1). 

Let us remember to pray for those who are in leadership, those who God sends across our path, and our relatives, friends and neighbors.  Let us remember to plead to God in prayer for those who seem to be doing great, but may be suffering in silence.  God says our prayers are powerful and effective.  Do not forget to pray.

Psalm 139:16
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Isaiah 38:5
New International Version (NIV)
5 "Go and tell Hezekiah, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.

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

John 14:14
New International Version (NIV)
14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Luke 18:1
New International Version (NIV)
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

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