"My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?"
(Psalms 42:2 KJV)
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
(James 5:16 KJV)
We need to be reminded that prayer is not a ritual or a performance for Our God. Nor is it an indefinite widespread demand for Our Awesome God to perform or do something. Prayer should be a voicing to God what we want and then a request for Him to do what is best for all involved. Prayer is necessary for us to understand Him. It can become a spiritual habit but should never be done from habit alone. Initially, a prayer item may be incomplete and general. The Holy Spirit will help us whenever we pray but our prayers should eventually become purposeful and detailed. We need to approach our God with a broad general purpose and pray that He will fulfill our request in the best way to help to further the world's knowledge of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Your desire should always "thirst" to tell or ask Our Awesome God for help with the problem because it shows your faith and trust in Him. It should be a deep "thirst" or desire because urgency and desire will increase the probability that God will answer now, but His answer
may be to "wait." The urgency of your request of God will be known by God and He will understand not only the best way to answer but the best time to answer it. If your "feelings" about the problem are intense and urgent, God will probably want to relieve your urgency. If so, He will "talk" to you at that time or do it.
It is always good to remember that praying with urgency and purpose is what Our Awesome God wants from you. The true meaning of the prayer needs to be one close to your heart for best prayer results. But pray, for God wants you to talk to Him to tell Him your concerns. He wants you to understand what you ask and, as your prayers mature, to think of possible consequences of that request. Then we should ask Him to do what He has planned all along, for He knows best!
We invite you to Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) for Bible Study then Worship Services and (6:00 PM) evening for and Wednesday Prayer Services at 7:00 PM. There is also AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. When you come, ask about the Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill