As an abiding Christian, know that a prayer of supplication is often what’s needed for a particular situation. If you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, develop a fervent prayer habit. Pray, don’t despair. Look up and keep your head up; be hopeful and remember who your refuge is. For times like these, just say Lord please
Do you remember how Paul acted when he was jailed? He didn’t fret, he kept praying and praising! In his ‘midnight hour situation’, his prayers were indeed answered (Acts 16:25-34 NIV). For times like these, just say Lord please. Paul and Silas did; you can too!
- “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
- The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16b KJV
- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NIV
While it’s important to pray, to keep a line of communication with the Lord, keep three more things in mind too:
- Be willing to be an Angel for someone else. Through you, yes though you, God may answer another’s prayers.
- You often in life need to give to get. You may get a prayer answered from someone you’ve given nothing to. To someone you perhaps don’t even know. Perhaps in fact from someone who dislikes you, but who God moves to position you for a victory nonetheless.
- My Pastor and First Lady (Dr. Rev James A. and Brenda Webster) are celebrating this week 33 years leading my church, Oak Ridge First Baptist Church. God, Family, and Church are -in that order- Pastor Webster believes the proper priorities of an abiding Christian. It’s hard to put God first if you don’t prayer regularly, right?
So what does a child of God need to do in uncertain times like these? It’s simple: Ask, seek, and knock. Just say Lord please.
Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way
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