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Worrier to Prayer Warrior

May 4, 2020

Read James 5:13-16

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 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.”


Reflect

Is prayer the first place you turn when you feel stressed? Why or why not?

Isn’t it amazing that the very things that push our panic buttons can catapult us into earnest prayer? Yet prayer should become our first resource, not a last resort as often we treat it. If we let Him, God will transform us from a worrier into a warrior—a prayer warrior, that is. A consistent pattern of prayer will gradually break the pattern of worry and fear. The question is, do we give God our problems and worries all the time and leave them with Him?

In Philippians 4:9 Paul says, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice and the God of peace will be with you” (NIV). In other words, don’t do this one time and give up if the worry comes back! Keep practicing!

To practice means giving our concerns to God (and give them back if we start obsessing over them again); to practice thanking Him in the midst of difficulties because it’s another chance for Him to show Himself mighty in our lives; to practice receiving His peace and dwelling on the positive instead of the negative.

God wants us to give them all to Him: our shattered dreams, deepest burdens, worries, and pain. He can handle them, transforming our panic into peace and our worry into wonder. It’s kind of like pouring out water from a pitcher—we pour out these burdens and problems, which makes room for God to pour in His peace, joy, love. So, keep pouring! Keep practicing! Keep praying!

In the simple act of letting go of your fears and problems, you will experience His presence, which is far more wonderful than we can imagine; you will have a changed perspective; you will draw near to God in your difficulty—and He promises to draw near to you (James 4:8).

 
Pray
Lord, help me to make prayer a priority—especially when life is hard. Amen.

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a year ago
Prayer is the most effective wepons that Christ followers have.
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a year ago
I pray to You, Heavenly Father, that you may remind me to continue my prayers. That praying only one time over a troubled concern to then just see it arrive again and do nothing, is not a being a warrior of prayer. I love You so much and know the plans you have will prevail in YOUR perfect timing... Your will be done, not mine and in YOUR time, not mine.
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a year ago
As a young Christian I bought 10 short little books from our denomination on “Christian Growth Series” the first one I read was on prayer. The opening paragraph says “We need to pray about our praying! Prayer is not an option with the Christian, but an obligation. Oh, the poverty in prayer! . . .Many of us will need the tears wiped from our eyes when the books are opened and our personal prayer record is read. It is a strange paradox: Those who pray the most feel they pray so little. Poverty in prayer! God help us in considering this indictment and admonition. . .Prayer does not condition God; prayer conditions us. Prayer does not win God to our view; it reveals God’s view to us. Men love activity, but prayer calls for stillness. Men like companionship, but prayer calls for loneliness. Prayer takes strength, but also gives strength.
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a year ago
I must put prayer at first point in my life a very day.
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a year ago
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE THANK YOU;THANK YOU!@FOR EVERYTHING THATS IN YOUR WILL!@ EVERYTIME MY BROTHER COMES BY FOR SOMETHING PLEASE COME TO COMFORT ME BECAUSE HE MAKES ME SICK ;I KNOW I AM NOT A BETTER PERSON BUT WITH YOUR CLEANSING & SANTIFICATION& YOU WILL CLEANSE ME ;THANKYOUJESUS!@YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT KNOWS MY HEART I GIVE YOU ALL MY WORRIES AND PROBLEMS TO YOU;I DONT WANT TO LOSE YOUR FAITH IN ME;your child;Virginia r.gomez garcia ; ThankyouJesus!@
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