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Reflection of the Week - 20 April 2021
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What does it mean to Pray?
Not everyone is called to be a preacher or a missionary, but everyone is called to pray.
For a Christian, praying should be as natural and as essential to a person’s spiritual body as breathing is to your physical body.
The Bible gives countless promises about what God has given to us through the power of prayer. James 5:16 tells us that ‘the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much.’
So why is it that many Christians neglect the kind of regular, disciplined prayer life that God calls us to? There may be many reasons, but when we truly pray in faith we see the answer to our prayer even before it actually arrives. As Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:26, ‘All things are possible with God.’
Jesus clearly links an answered prayer to believing prayer:
‘Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mount, Be taken up and cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.”' (Mark 11:22-24)
God wants you to believe His promises when you pray; and if you don’t have that belief, perhaps it’s time to look deeper into your own level of discipline when it comes to prayer.
Source: Based on https://inspiration.org/christian-articles/you-are-called-to-pray/
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