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Calling For Prayer
by Paul Weaver 
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Well, I guess the only thing we can do now is pray. How many times has this line been spoken by us or to us? Why when we reach the end of all possible human action, or reaction, in or to a situation do we come to the conclusion all we can do now is pray?

I知 not advocating forsaking medical attention for serious illness or injury. We should become involved in situations demanding human responses. I知 asking why do we wait until the only option left is prayer? Did we or did we not pray at the onset of the situation? Did we or did we not pray throughout the duration of the event? Did we give a lip service prayer to the circumstances or did we sincerely seek the Lord on behalf of the condition?

This physical life is tough. We face situations throughout the course of our lives, which will put pressure on us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We値l risk injury. We値l suffer sickness. We値l meet death. We値l deal with anger. We値l cope with despair. We値l confront an enemy and we値l encounter defeat. I could go on and on with a listing of this nature.

We will face suffering at one point or another during the course of our human existence. Anything we may undergo in this flesh has the potential to harm us spiritually. We all pray for the spiritual, but wait until no other options are left before we pray for the physical. I can稚 believe for one minute this is what God wants.

The enemy doesn稚 want us communicating with One who assures us of victory. Calling on the Lord in time of trouble is so simple yet still one of the hardest things to do. We池e all acquainted with one person who痴 always praying about everything. One thing, which frightens the devil, is a prayer warrior. Prayer is a direct line of communication with the One who created the universe.

One of my favorite scriptures regarding prayer is 1Timothy 2:8. It reads 的 desire therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (NKJV). Most of us are familiar with 1Thessalonians 5:17, 菟ray without ceasing.

When a defeated foe surrenders, they do it with hands their hands raised high in the air. This shows there are no weapons in their hands and no further hostile intentions are intended. The raising of the hands in prayer is an act of surrender to the One you池e praying to.

Do you need to raise your hands? No. More than one time I致e laid with my face to the floor crying out to God. The situation demanding the prayer will often determine whether you kneel, sit, stand, pace, raise your hands, and cover your face with your hands, shout, or weep. The gravity of the situation will determine the intensity of the prayer.

Yes, Isaiah tells us how God will answer before we call on Him. Yes, Isaiah also tells us while we池e speaking God will hear us (Isaiah 65:24). Yet James also says we don稚 have because we don稚 ask (James 4:2). Yes, God understands what we池e thinking when we池e thinking it. But God desires a relationship with us.

Good relationships are built on good communication. Our relationship with God is to be personal and intimate. How many of us will communicate intimately with someone we don稚 know? If the last thing we do is pray when we池e in a difficult situation, is that a testament as to how well we know God?

Hebrews 4:15 tells us that our High Priest can be touched by our weaknesses. Lamentations 3:32 tells us that though God may cause grief, He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. Psalm 22:26 gives us this promise; 鍍hose who seek Him will praise the Lord.

The next time you find yourself in any situation, seek the Lord. Pray. Why? There痴 another great promise found in the Psalms. It痴 the first statement of Psalm 23:3, 滴e restoreth my soul (KJV). No matter what the situation, when we pray, Go will restore our soul.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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AnneRene' Capp  23 Feb 2010
Oh, Amen and Amen! What a wonderful and needed reminder to all of us believers (me being the first in line). I am guilty at times of allowing my flesh to jump in, take action AND THEN, releasing my pleas for God's intervention to touch the situation. This article is a job well done for His Kingdom. I look forward to reading more from your heart.
Jesus Puppy  16 Feb 2010
Much better. Keep it up. ;-)
Jesus Puppy  15 Feb 2010
Very good point made. In all things we need pray before, during, and after, to give thanks for the outcome. I like what was said here, and with a little polishing this could be an excellent sermon piece.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz 15 Feb 2010
Very good article on prayer. Well thought out and presented. I agree with Jesus Puppy. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom  15 Feb 2010
I agree with you. Nice job.


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