"Elijah was a man just like us,” we’re told in James 5:17-18. “He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
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“Whatever you ask in my name,” Jesus said, “I will do it” (John 14:13). Some people seem to think that Jesus is giving us a blank check — we can ask for anything at all, and he will sign his name to it and pass it along to the Father, and it will be done — guaranteed.
We all know that this doesn’t work — and it’s a good thing it doesn’t! Some people pray for rain at the same time as their neighbors pray for sunshine. The home seller prays for a high price, the home buyer prays for a low one.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Faith Fellowship North Broward is sponsoring their annual prayer retreat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, October 22-24, 2010. This year's theme is "God is Good All the Time." The retreat will be held at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park at 3109 East Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304. More park information may be seen at www.floridastateparks.org/hughtaylorbirch/
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Have you seen the bumper sticker that says "Get Prayer Back into the Public Schools?"
This catchy little phrase might cause someone to think either that there is no prayer in [U.S.] public schools, or that prayer is not allowed in public schools. Indeed, a good many people seem to think that prayer in public schools is illegal.
But guess what? It isn't, and it never was. The law allows students and faculty to pray at school all they want, but it also prevents them from making others listen to their prayers if they don’t want to.
Some people make prayer sound like a duty, as a work that faithful Christians must perform. Some make it sound like we ought to pray seven times a day, or three times a day, or all night long, or rise before dawn, or spend at least two hours every day, following the example of this or that famous person.
Acts 4:24-30 contains one of the most inspiring prayers in Scripture. The believers were living in dangerous circumstances. In this chapter, Peter and John were arrested after the healing of a crippled man.
You don’t have to struggle alone in your challenges and trials.
In the darkness, terrifying sounds awakened Moses Carver and his wife. Pounding horse hooves, sounds of men running, then a piercing scream. Marauders had come! Moses Carver jumped up to defend his property, but he was too late.
There is a big difference between knowing about a person and knowing a person. A person who never prays can know a lot about God, but only a prayerful person can know God (Psalm 73:25-26; John 10:27-30). We are called to an ever-deepening life of knowing the Lord who loves us and wants us to share our whole lives with him (1 Thessalonians 5:10).
Any mature relationship involves “give” and “take.” Because of who God is, we receive far more than we can ever give, but he asks us to offer: