Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
PI readers, I recently read a post by someone who needs prayer for a family member, so I wanted to write about the power and significance of prayer. Many times we get into a routine of our “bedtime prayers” and “meal prayers” (both of which are important!), but we need to recognize this one thing: YOUR PRAYERS MATTER.
For the privacy of the writer, I will simply include the Girl Talk chat forum “Random Thoughts and Questions,” which is where the request came from. Remember PI readers, we are lifting you up in prayer! We are so honored to be able to pour into your lives spiritually and uphold you in prayer.
In the Bible, the scriptures indicate that prayer is extremely important. In the book of James, chapter 5 verse 16, it says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” That means when you CONTINUALLY pray about a matter or a request, God will hear you. If you believe in the truth of the gospel, it will be effective. This is encouraging because sometimes when we don’t hear an answer from God right away or if a door doesn’t open immediately, we tend to give up on prayer.
The Lord reminds us of the persistent widow who continued to pray (Luke 18:1-8). We need to remember that God knows our hearts and what is best. Obviously, if He has said “no” to something that clearly is bad for us, it doesn’t mean to keep asking for that same thing. BUT it can mean if there is silence or a”waiting” period, we can keep seeking God. This reminds me of another scripture:
Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
Remember, prayer isn’t just asking for what you need or desire. Prayer is COMMUNICATION with God! It is thanking Him for all He has done! I am so thankful for my abundant life, my church, family, friends, salvation, the roof over my head, my car, health, peace, joy, an abundant life, the freedom to read my Bible, being able to write for Project Inspired, working on television with JCTV, singing and writing, all the abilities to do my dream and more…I could go on and on!
We need to sing praises to our God and thank our heavenly Father for sending Jesus, who died on the cross for the penalty of sin, which is death. Jesus died so we could live eternally in heaven with Him and our loved ones…how amazing is this grace? How can we NOT be thankful?!
PI readers, sometimes we get so stuck on the ONE thing God isn’t answering that we can’t look around us and see ALL the beautiful, loving, amazing, gracious things He has already accomplished in our lives. Stop. Breathe. Reflect.
Look around for a minute and write down five things you can be thankful for. I challenge you to read those five things you’re grateful for, and thank God before you even ask Him for anything. This will change your perspective. Just remember, God is your HEAVENLY FATHER, but also, He WANTS to bless your socks off! He WANTS to cherish and love you!
He says, “NO GOOD THING will He withhold from you, from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). The question is: Is what you’re asking for good? Is it the best for you or the situation? Also, are YOU personally walking uprightly?
Remember, in the middle of S-I-N is the letter “I.” I heard that on the radio recently, which was a good reminder. I’d add that Adam and Eve had all they could want, but they focused on the ONE thing they didn’t have. Let’s pray for one another, keep our eyes on Jesus and be thankful, amen?
Also, praying for others is so important: For health, salvation, protection and for people’s overall well-being. I encourage you to make a prayer list. I love making prayer lists in my journal.
Please comment below if you have prayer requests because we would LOVE to hear from you! Also, tell us if writing five things helps you be thankful! God bless you PI! We LOVE you!