daily devotions, effective prayer

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And God knows that I pray for you continually and at all times. For I serve and worship him with my spirit in the gospel of his Son.

Romans 1.9 TPT

“If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us. _Mark 9:22

This prayer doesn’t sound courageous or confident. It doesn’t sound like it would be an effective or aggressive prayer.

This was simply the desperate prayer of a parent with a demon-possessed son in need of a miracle. Read the whole story and see how Jesus responded to the father’s prayer.

Know this: God is more moved by our hurt than our eloquence. Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of the prayer is IN the one who hears it and NOT the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.

In Psalm 51, verse 6, King David makes a statement that each one of us needs to consider as we share tonight’s lesson and pray over what we’ll learn in the coming week.

“you (God) desire truth and sincerity. Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom.”

In verses 10-12 David’s prayer goes on:

“Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me.

Do not force me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and provide me with a spirit of willing obedience.”

Some of our prayer lives could use a tune-up. Some lack consistency. Some need sincerity. And some are honestly uncertain if prayer makes a difference at all.

Please, don’t be tempted to wait until you feel certain of the outcome before you to go to God with your truth and sincerity.

“For you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

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