Today’s church needs to embrace the power of prayer!

June 1, 2015

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
(James 5:16 (NIV))

The early church knew the power of prayer. The apostles had watched Jesus pray and had seen the results of His prayers. They had prayed and seen the results of their prayers. They had seen first-hand what prayer can do. They were used to confessing one to another and praying for each other. When they lifted each other up in prayer, God gave them strength and increased their faith.

In today’s society, we have all but stopped this practice. Our hectic life-styles have become a burden. We seldom meet with each other. When we do, it appears that most of us put on a false front and say that everything is alright, while inside we are hurting. We need to return to the practice that James spoke of. We need to have a group of believers that we can turn to on a weekly or a daily basis. This group is our accountability group. They are there to listen and encourage, and most of all, pray for each other. When we meet together in this manner to fulfill God’s will for our lives, our prayers will be heard. A righteous man is one who seeks the will of God. If we seek the will of God, then God will hear.

Are your prayers powerful and effective or are they just quick and meaningless “hellos”?

Copyright 1998 – 2015 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Do you have the faith?

October 16, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
(Lamentations 3:26 (NKJV))

Everyone has something that they hope for. Everyone has something that they impatiently wait and wish would happen. It is a righteous man who waits upon the Lord in the faith that what they hope for will happen.

Faith has been described as a belief in things that cannot be seen. As believers, we should all have the faith that calls us to hope. Perhaps we should redefine the word faith, for as believers, we have seen with our hearts and our spirits what we know to be true.

Perhaps faith should be redefined as a knowledge of the truth that can only be seen through the aid of the Holy Spirit. When we have the Holy Spirit, we have an insight into the Will of God. Perhaps it is this insight that makes it possible for us to hope and wait quietly when all around us is chaos.

Do you have the faith to hope and wait quietly on the Lord?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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