The Power of Prayer

Recently I have started a “prayer list”. This, while starting small, has grown into something quite large, as I write down the prayer requests given to me by my family, friends, and acquaintances. This, by itself, has no real meaning- after all, writing down the prayers does not solve them.

What many of us do not realize is the power of prayer. Throughout history, millions of afflictions, fears, doubts, and more have been healed through God’s power. Now, because God already knows the desires of our heart (see Jeremiah 29:11), He already knows the problem before we even pray it. It is by His eternal grace that he listens to us and our complaining 🙂

But if prayer has no power, then what hope do we have? The answer: EVERY HOPE! Even though prayer in itself has no power over God, as He doesn’t have to listen to us, prayer is a way of showing God that we love Him so much we are willing to talk to him. Talking to God is one of the best ways we can build our relationship with Him. In the same way a child babbles to its father, so too must we talk to God. This communion with God is holy and precious, and should never be underestimated.


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Friday. The last day of the week. The whole world breathes a deep sigh as people leave work and prepare for the weekend. Friday is a day that everybody celebrates because now it’s time to relax! Right?

Hold on a second. You were probably reading that last paragraph and nodding your head, “Yeah, that’s exactly what I do on Fridays!” But then I asked: Right? And now you are confused. What’s wrong with Friday?

Nothing! *gasp* There is nothing wrong with Friday! Personally, it’s my favorite day of the week, because I can actually take a break from school and writing these annoyingly difficult blog posts. However, there is one thing that must remain in our mind as we start the weekend: Jesus. Many of us are tempted to become completely lax as they enter the weekend. There are no thoughts of Bible reading or prayer. Instead, all attention turns to the fun that can be gained out of the weekend. After all, isn’t that what the weekend is for?

Not exactly. God created the weekend with the intention for us to use it. Yes, he did create Saturday and Sunday as days of rest. However, there was another purpose behind the creation of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. God also intended for the weekend to be used as a time of worship to Him. Not just on Sunday, when many go and fulfill their “churchly obligation” by attending church, but also Friday and Saturday. These days are intended for us to use in His worship.

So, what do you do? Go home on Friday with your heart towards Him. Sing a little, even dance, if it makes you feel more relaxed. But do NOT forget to thank him for the weekend, pray to Him, and spend time worshiping him.