The encouraging word for today is ‘It’s Praying Time’

1 Thessalonians 5:17 

Pray Without Ceasing.  

Prayer is a two way channel by which God and man  communicate with each other. In other words talking and listening to God through his son Jesus Christ.  We don’t just go to God only when we need something, but we  acknowledge him for who he is. God desires our fellowship more than anything else, he wants us to love him with all our being. 

Deuteronomy 6:5 says 

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy soul, and all thy might.  

God wants us to know and experience his love and presence, he is seeking that kind of relationship with each of us.  

Prayer is much needed!

Above all Prayer is important.  Prayer is one of the most powerful tool’s that we have as Christians.  

Also, God does hears the sinners prayer of confession and repentance! 

We should always pray without ceasing, in other words  never stop praying.  

We should always pray! 

Pray when  we get up in the morning! 

Pray during the day!

Pray before we eat!

Pray before  answering the phone! Pray for others !

Pray before we make a decision! 

Pray before we go to bed! 

We should always pray!!! 

From the early church in Acts 12:5  Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.  

Prayer has been the building block and glue which has held our families and society together. The saints prayed!

We are here because somebody prayed for us, 

it ‘s not because we were so good, but because of God Grace and Mercy. God heard the prayers of the righteous! 

Prayer is very important and much needed in our communities and all over the world.  

Prayer Still Works!!!when we pray sincerely in faith and not for show, God will hear and receive our prayers. 

Matthew 6:5 says 

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Prayer is a precious gift from God that allows us the right and privilege to talk to him anytime and anywhere.  Through prayer we can confess our sins ask for forgiveness. Through prayer we have the opportunity to Acknowledge God for who he is, we thank God for what he has done, doing and going to do. 

Through prayer we have the opportunity to intercede on the behalf of others.  Through prayer we find strength to get through life challenges.  

Through Prayer we build up our faith in God and in his son Jesus Christ. This is whyJude 20 encouraged Christians to pray in the Spirit, But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.  

From the dawn of history, the greatest men and women in  the Bible who prayed from  Moses, Abraham,David,Hannah, Deborah, Esther, Mary the mother of Jesus.

From Genesis to Malachi from Matthew to Revelation the Bible shows the Saints consistently prayed.  Throughout the Bible prayer sustained the people of God and prayer is what will sustain us today.  

~Prayer still works~

1)We have to be persistent in prayer. 

2)We have to pray God’s will to be done.  

3)We have to believe what we praying for. 

We should pray in humility 

Hannah was a great example as a woman of Prayer. 

Hannah was a woman who desperately wanted a child but could not conceive. She was ridiculed and mocked by Peninnah, which only added to her pain. But, in her suffering, Hannah turned to God. She poured her heart out, begged for a son, and promised to give him back to the Lord. God answered her prayer, and she eventually gave birth to Samuel – one of the most influential leaders in Israel. 

We are living in perils times, it’s time to pray and  not play!! 

Be Encouraged!!

(LaTina DeLoach, a native of Minden, is a Christian,a devoted wife and mother and Lady Deloach As the wife of Pastor Gregory DeLoach, Blue Run Baptist Church.)