by Wayne S. Walker

     Do you pray?  If you do, how often?  David said in Psalm 55:17, "Evening, and morning, and at noon will I pray."  Paul said, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17).  Why should we do this?  What will prayer do?

     Is there a need, something that is lacking in your life?  "Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" (Matt. 7:7).  Is there a sickness within you or a loved one?  "The prayer of faith shall save the sick" (Jas. 5:15).  Is there a sin that has beset you?  "Pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart be forgiven thee" (Acts 8:22).  Is there a blessing you have received?  "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving" (COl. 4:2).  Is there a joy in your heart?  "Rejoice in hope;…continuing instant in prayer" (Rom. 12:12).  Is there time left over from life’s busy ways?  "Enter into thy colset, and…pray to the Father which is in secret" (Matt. 6:6).

     "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint," said Christ in Luke 18:1.  Paul told Timothy, "I will therefore, that men pray everywhere" (1 Tim. 2:8).  "The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (Jas. 5:16).  "Oh, what peace we often forfeit; Oh, what needless pain we bear; All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer" (Joseph Scriven).   [—taken from Truth Magazine; Nov. 15, 1973; Vol. XVIII, No. 3; p. 8]

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