It’s that glorious day of the week again: F-R-I-D-A-Y!!!!!
No worries, guys. You still have 48 hours. Plenty of time.
This week has lended itself to some helpful and interesting articles on prayer. I commend them to you. As many of you have heard me confess before – and it is still true – I am a horrible pray-er. I need to constantly work at it and get better at it. Funny thing is – the more I do it, the more restful and glad I did it!
In other words, I have NEVER said, “Man, I wish I hadn’t prayed this morning.” My usual response, once I have given myself to prayer is, “Wow! Why in the world don’t I do that more?!?!?!?”
If you need help like I do, here you go!
Enjoy. . .
#1. 9 Things You Should Know About Prayer in the Bible by Joe Carter
“Do you know how many prayer are mentioned in the Bible (and how many were answered)? Here’s the answer to that question and other things you should know about the prayer in the Bible.”
#2. 9 Things You Should Know About the National Day of Prayer by Joe Carter
“In his role as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington acknowledged a second day of ‘fasting, humiliation and prayer’ proclaimed by the Continental Congress to be held on Thursday, May 6, 1779. To enable his soldiers to observe the day, Washington ordered a one-day cessation of recreation and ‘unnecessary labor’. In March 1780, Congress announced a day of ‘fasting, humiliation and prayer’ to be held on Wednesday, April 26, 1780.”
#3. Prayer in the Life of Jesus by Mark Dever
“By his choices of where to pray, with whom to pray, and when to pray, Jesus shows us something of the practice of prayer. But he also shows us something more about who he is. The choice of the mountainside demonstrates that he is the Messiah of God. Praying alone shows that he took his direction from the Father, and the Father alone. Praying at significant points in his life demonstrates that his life is defined by God’s will.
And so, through his practice of prayer, we see something of who Jesus is: God himself, come to establish a new covenant with a new people who would believe in him.”
“Being a mother is one of the greatest blessings the Lord has given to His daughters. But along with the joys of parenting come difficult situations and drastic changes as their children grow. This prayer guide includes specific prayer requests from women on the field who are in various stages of motherhood and ministering to the people around them.”
And finally, though this one isn’t about prayer – if it doesn’t cause you to stop and pray – I am not sure what will. . . .
“Emily Letts is a 25-year-old abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey whose video has gone viral. These days, videos go viral on a daily basis, and most are soon forgotten. But not this one. Emily Letts decided to make a video about her own abortion, and the result is one of the most disturbing video messages ever presented to public view.
‘I feel super good about having an abortion,’ Letts told Philadelphia Magazine. ‘Women and men have been thirsting for something like this. You don’t have to feel guilty.'”
Without a doubt, one of the most disturbing and heart-wrenching articles I have read in a long, long time.