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When we Pray

There is more that God requires of us. Sometimes we read the stories in the Bible and if we aren’t careful, we would think of them as fairy tales. Peter walking on water, Abraham having a child when he’s old, God answering Elijah’s prayer by fire, Joshua praying and the sun literally stopped moving, and the list could go on and on. I believe we sometimes make excuses for ourselves by saying things like “God had to do it then for people to believe, He doesn’t have to do it anymore.” Although God has to do nothing to prove Himself, I believe that’s an excuse for us to not do things that we were empowered to do. 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12)

Of course none of us are perfect, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t want to use us. Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, opened blind eyes, gave hearing to deaf ears, and He said that we should be doing what He did and more? There is nothing we cannot do if we make ourselves available to be used by God. No one can preach your sermon, sing your song, write your book or tell your testimony. Don’t be afraid to do what God has called you to do. 

God doesn’t care about your ability, He simply desires availability. Whatever it is consuming all of your time, get rid of it. Give that phone, television, or even person a break. God is always speaking in some way to us, but we have to unclog our ears to hear Him. I wonder how many of us are facing mountains that seem immovable. I wonder how many of us are feeling low and weak because of life’s daily challenges. Once you overcome one thing, another seems to knock you down. I advise you to stay down! Stay down on your knees and call out to Jesus one more time. Give God your worries and let Him give you His peace. You may be weak, but God wants to strengthen you one more time. 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

The devil loves to limit our prayer, because prayer limits him. He will keep us busy with everything: school, work, family, loved ones, or even ministry, but he will push us away from prayer. Many are in ministry without a relationship. God is calling us back to prayer, will you spend more time with Jesus? Will you pray a little longer for that unsaved loved one/schoolmate/coworker? Prayer changes things, and it will change you.

– Tovares Grey


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