A Perfect Time To Pray

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)

If ever there were a time when we need to approach the throne of grace, it's now! The whole world has been turned upside down. We need God. We need His peace. We need His strength. There is no one else to turn to.

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (KJV)

Prayer is a gift from God and a privilege that we should never take for granted. If we want to pray, God is always available, but too often, we worry about what to say to God.

Romans 8:26 – In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit himself pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express. (GNT)

Anne Lamott writes in Traveling Mercies that our two best prayers are, "Help me, help me, help me!" and "Thank You, thank You, thank You!"

There is nothing that we can't bring to God in prayer. When we pray, we are telling God that we need Him. When we pray, we allow God to work in the circumstances of our lives and in the situations that we're praying for.

Many of us have time on our hands these days — staying home, with no place to go. What a perfect time to find a quiet place to spend time alone with God, without the distractions of our usual busy schedules — a perfect time to make prayer a priority in our lives!

Billy Graham tells a wonderful story in his book, Hope for a troubled world. A missionary and his family were forced to camp outside on a hill. They had money with them and were afraid of an attack by roving thieves. After praying, they went to sleep.

Months later, an injured man was brought into the mission hospital. He asked the missionary if he had soldiers guarding him on that night. "We intended to rob you," he said, "but we were afraid of the 27 soldiers."

When the missionary returned to his homeland, he related this story to a member of his church, who told him, "We had a prayer meeting that night, and I took the roll. There were 27 of us present."

Never underestimate the power of prayer!

Philippians 4:6-7 – Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (MSG)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us not to worry about anything but to pray about everything. We thank You that we can come to You at any time and for any reason. How good it is to know that You care about each one of us and that You are always ready to listen to us. Grant us strength in these trying times as we seek to know You better day by day. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Dee Renaud <dee.renaud@outlook.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Amen Dee!

    So nicely put.

    Thanks for the good reminder, Dee.

    A wonderful message Dee. Thank you.

    Thank you, Dee. This amazing story is great encouragement.

    Excellent Message.
    Thank you.

    Very timely message in these difficult times, thank you Dee. God bless!

    Dee, thank you for sharing this uplifting devotional with us today. Blessings.

    Memorable, Dee. Thank you for a timely message. Blessings on your journey.

    Hello Dee,
    I just read your excellent article in PresbyCan. Thanks!

    Thank you for your timely message and excellent sharing in this devotional. We need
    the challenge to keep on praying.

    Thank you for sharing. It is a perfect time for this devotional both for the pandemic and the horrific shooting tragedy here in N.S.

    Dear Shirley,
    Thank you for the timely and poignant devotional.
    Keep writing.

    Thank you for the beautiful reminder about the power of prayer.
    It can be so simple. God hears us!

    Thank you, Dee. This devotional is so uplifting. The power of prayer. Praise be to God.
    Stay safe.

    Thank you, Dee.
    I enjoyed this morning’s devotion that you submitted.
    Keep on with the faith,

    Good one! Concerted prayer! Often when we don’t see immediate results, we can say to ourselves, what difference does it make, but there are so many testimonies to encourage us that are prayers ARE heard. Thanks for that encouragement.

    Dear Dee,
    Thank you so much for your such a timely, inspiring, edifying, Devotional! These words are just what I needed to hear.
    Blessings and Joy!

    Dear Dee, your devotional was so inspiring today. It was just what I needed in these times these last few months. It seemed like the perfect devotional. Thanks so much, it inspires me to pray more each day.
    Blessings to you,

    Dear Dee,
    Thank you for the wonderful Bible verses on prayer. On Sunday evening I listened to Charles Stanley on how to pray and last night with my granddaughter we watched Miracles from Heaven which showed the power of prayer. God was helping me to remember that I need to pray more, I think. It is always a perfect time to pray and it is always good to have reminders. Blessings

    Wow. Powerful devotional!! Love that Hebrew 4.16 and Psalm 46.1
    Powerful story of Billy Graham’s also.
    Heard one before…young teen taking short cut home through an ally, before she walked down the alley, she asked God to be with her. the next day her dad, police officer mentioned about a teenage girl being attacked in that ally the night before, but they had a suspect and when the daughter mentioned she saw a man hanging around they had her come down to see if she could identify him. It was the same man, but the girl wanted to ask him why he didn’t attack her also, he said because you had a big body guard on both sides of you.
    Power of prayer!!!
    God bless.

    Great advice.
    I wonder if the present situation will encourage people to seek God.

    Dear Dee,
    It is indeed a good time to pray, I like the quote of Psalm 46:1, God is our refuge and
    strength indeed.

    Hi Dee,
    Thank you for the message and the reminder that God is always with us.

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