123. Pray First, Pray Most
When life is busy, prayers are often overlooked due to the constant rush in your mind and around you. When things change and you are faced with an onslaught of feelings due to the emotions it brings, prayers become a way to talk to the Father again.
Anna faced that change. She was married mother of two children working in a successful career when her life took a sudden turn. Her husband was involved in a fatal motor-vehicle accident.
Anna taught me something about prayer. As I sat beside her, she modeled something profound about the intensity of her communication. Anna shouted, wailed, pleaded, begged, whispered and sobbed. She pounded her fists and screamed. She recited every promise she could think of and found more on her phone. She prayed like Moses.
Moses shouted when he pleaded the Lord in desperation wanting to save them; "Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people ... Egyptians speak and say, 'He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth.' Turn from your fierce wrath and relent from this harm from your people." (Exodus 32:11-12).
Our passionate prayers move the heart of the Father. James 5:16 states "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." Your prayers have a huge impact. They impact the Creator's heart. God wired His world for power. You have power through Him.
Prayers requires no effort. Simply openness to the Father. Satan wants to stop this and will create pride, doubts and too much busyness in your life. 2 Corinthians 10:4 "for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds."
He calls you and I to "pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17). He calls you to change your thought life to include Him in the process.
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