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By DOUG EDWARDS
“Pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is at the heart and soul of every successful relationship with God. In fact, it is absolutely critical to every believer's life. Jesus said in John 15:7 — “If you remain in me and my words remain on you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
In light of what is happening in our world, in our own country, in Alaska, in Ketchikan, in our churches, and even in our own homes, should we not be praying? If you are not praying, it is time to start. If you are praying, it is time to increase your prayers. You can pray alone, pray with your family, pray with a friend, pray in a small group, pray with your church, and pray with your community. You can pray in the morning, pray during the day, pray in the evening, and even pray in the middle of the night. The point is: We need to pray!
Instead of complaining about our circumstances, why not go to God and ask him to work? Instead of criticizing our government officials, why not pray for them? Instead of allowing relationships to wither and fall apart, why not go to the God of reconciliation and ask Him to intercede? In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
You learn how to pray by praying, and you can't do more than pray until you have prayed. You can simply open your Bible, read the Word, and begin talking to God. You cannot become powerful man or woman of prayer until you start. For the sake of our homes, churches, our city, our state, our nation, and our world, let us “pray without ceasing.”
Doug Edwards is pastor of First Baptist Church.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.