Prayer

I am reading a book called “When Families Pray” by Cheri Fuller. It is a great book. One chapter is designed for the entire family to pray each day of the week for different daily themes. This includes the children as well. I was impressed how the book incorporates the entire family, from mom and dad all the way down to the smallest child. As I was reflecting on this routine, I was reminded how innocent a child’s prayer is, very short and to the point. The bottom line is that God wants to hear from us.

We have been given a challenge from our own church family to humble ourselves and pray as stated in 2 Chronicles 7:14. What we do with this challenge is our own choice. Reflecting on hearing my own children and grandchildren pray is so sweet and heartfelt. Can you even imagine how God must feel when he hears our prayers? We are blessed to be able to enter into his presence, talk to him, tell him how much we love him and leave our requests at his feet.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 17:20 that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can move mountains. Now I don’t know about you, but, I’ve seen some pretty big mountains moved by people praying. Our church started as a prayer group, lost people have found Jesus, people who have been distant to Jesus find their way back to him, people with illness have been healed, hurting folks have found comfort, and broken relationships have been restored. The list could go on and on. I think you get the picture and you can certainly add to this list your own answered prayers.

The last part of this verse says, “Nothing will be impossible for you.” This verse doesn’t say to pray for all the small things or just the big things. It says nothing is impossible! This is a strong promise and one we can take comfort in knowing that God does hear our prayers and if it is his will, he will answer them. I’m encouraged every time I hear of how God has moved a mountain. Today, take time to talk to God and know that he will handle your mountains in his own time and will.

Sherri Stetnish
Connection Director

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