Have you ever noticed when things start coming together that people tend to say “oh what a coincidence”? We’ve probably all said it before. But you know it’s not at all coincidence. God’s mighty hand is at work. It’s a divine intervention!
All month it seems that everywhere I turn there is something about prayer. Someone is talking about it, preaching about it, teaching about it and it’s on bulletins, on brochures in the mail, I mean it is everywhere! This has all occurred since the announcement of our next Women’s Bible Study which starts today! It’s called The Battle Plan for Prayer and it is a study inspired by the movie The War Room.
I’m very excited to begin this study although once again I had my own pick of a study to use and it just wasn’t what God wanted me to do. This study will bring to life strategic prayer and I believe will enhance anyone’s prayer life that is faithful to attend. You will also learn that things are not by coincidence.
We will dig in deep through this study and grow our prayer life and our personal relationship with God. It is such an important part of our daily lives that we take too lightly. Do you realize what kind of power you are promised through prayer? What kind of life you could be living with a more effective prayer life? Ask yourself, what do you spend 5 -10 minutes doing each day that you could easily replace with prayer. How much time do you spend on social media each day? 30 minutes? An hour?
“Answered prayers aren’t merely highly unlikely coincidences. They are fingerprints of a living, loving God who invites all of us to draw close to Him”. I love to think about that line from The Battle Plan for Prayer Book. Answered prayers are fingerprints of God! Let that sink in folks. We have a direct line of communication with the almighty God and we don’t use it correctly or effectively!
Did you know that you can pray for something other than submitting a request? If you don’t have anything you need to ask for you can simply pray and tell God how much you love Him and how much you appreciate Him. Just spending quiet time with Him in His love is enough sometimes. You can pray and thank God for him rescuing you, blessing you and loving you. Pray is not only for you to ask for something. Prayer is how we communicate with God. It’s how we talk to Him.
Next time you pray, spend some time simply thanking and praising Him. He is not a coincidental God. He makes things happen for us and we should recognize it and appreciate it through prayer to Him!
James 5:16 "...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
Rebecca Debter is the Ministries Coordinator at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Women's Bible Study beginning January 17, 2017 with an online Calling All Women group using the book Redeemed by Angela Thomas-Pharr.