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The Power of Prayer


Sometimes it's hard to convince young people that prayer is powerful. The better your prayer life is going, the better your life tends to go in all other phases. Praying each day, or throughout each day, is certainly not a protection against bad things happening to you. But it certainly is a great way to help you stay calm and focused on the future despite life's worst storms and toughest circumstances.


Small children should get into the habit of bedtime prayer, and mealtime graces. It's a good idea to memorize a couple of prayers, such as the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). But somewhere in those "tween" years between childhood and adulthood, it's time for the individual to develop a personal prayer life that's just between the individual and God.


Keeping this conversation going for days, weeks, months and years - with more time spent listening than talking -- makes the communication with God richer, deeper and more powerful. When bad things happen or you have big questions for God, it's a lot easier to talk to Him because you know how, than if you only call on Him once in a blue moon, under great stress. Besides, He's a great guy - you really ought to get to know Him, and prayer's the best way!


Here's a list of "p" words to post on your wall or put in your Bible to remind you that prayer . . . excuse the expression . . . provides:


Personal intimacy and deeper relationship with Jesus Christ

Perspective on who God is

Positive faith attitude - knowing you can trust Him

Purifying process in your heart - recognizing your own sin and, hopefully, preventing it

Passion for obedience

Pressures dissipate


Provision for our needs - you finally realize that God has always provided, and will always

Pathway for our spiritual growth

Power for your witness to others

Productivity in your entire life



By Susan Darst Williams Heart Lessons 011 2006


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