Early Morning Thought about Prayer and Praying…
I woke up at 3:36 am this morning meditating about the importance and power of prayer in the Christian life and how personally, I need to spend more time in prayer with God and to actively engage in intercessory prayers on behalf of others.
One of the characteristics of the early Christians in the first century is their devotion to prayers. As the early Christian Historian Luke records:
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”–Acts 2:42
“O what peace we often forget.
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!”—Joseph Scriven
Prayer is not only communication with God; prayer does in fact move the hands of God and transform us. Therefore, let us pray fervently and continually for the people in our community, neighborhood, and city who are currently suffering and experiencing difficult moments and hardships. Let us also pray diligently and in faith on behalf of the earthquake and hurricane victims in Houston, Dominica, Saint Croix, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Barbuda, and other countries in the world.
O Lord, comfort those who are hurting and suffering; strengthen and empower them in the midst of their tragedies and life’s uncertainties.Oh God, our Deliverer and Cornerstone, give them your peace and heal their wound and restore their land. O Lord, teach us how to suffer with the individuals and families who are suffering and prompt us to intervene in their life in kindness and with acts of compassion and grace.