Character, Devotional

Prayer Thoughts

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16

A persons character is displayed in the home, where those closest see the every day in and out actions flowing out from the heart and mind. Observation can reveal whether prayer is an integral part of a persons life.  One praying family member in a home can bring sunshine and promote a pleasant atmosphere. The confession of a wrong deed is not easy, unless prayer is a fundamental  part of the individual. True repentance and confession comes from a heart that are accustomed to prayer.

Parents have a responsibility to model a connection with Jesus in their personal prayer time.  Children should see them in prayer, hear them in prayer, and be invited to enter into prayer during  family prayer time.

“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.

When Jesus was upon the earth, He taught His disciples how to pray. He directed them to present their daily needs before God, and to cast all their care upon Him. And the assurance He gave them that their petitions should be heard, is assurance also to us.

Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence?” SC ch. 11

What A Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear;

What a privilege to carry,

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh what peace we often forfeit,

Oh what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful?

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior still our refuge,

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do thy friends despise forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

by Joseph Scriven 1855

 

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