The Price of Prayerlessness

imageForsaking prayer is costly to a person’s well-being. Those who will not make time every day for God are on a slippery slope. They slide through weariness, discouragement, and doubt, only to land in a damaging situation.

Certain situations take an emotional, physical, and spiritual toll, which are called burdens. Such low points can wear us out if we try to“ a endure them alone. But God does not intend for that weight to fall on our shoulders. In fact, the Bible commands that those loads be cast upon Jesus Christ.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22).

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).

Remember, He is doing all the work to straighten out your circumstances anyway. So there’s no point in both Him and you carrying that weight.

Hauling all our worries and cares around is wearying because we are not built for such loads. In God’s design, His strength fills the believer to capacity. Picture Jesus’ shoulders just above your own — with Him bearing your problems. The burden does not disappear, but it feels blessedly lighter when you hand it over to the Lord.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).

(Excerpt from “In Touch Ministries”.)

~Kyla Frautschy

No Greater Love

It’s helpful at times to list all the things that are troubling you. As long as you treat it like a prayer list, and not a “oh, woe is me” list. And you check off the ‘drama’ as God answers. Sometimes His answer might not be clear, but other times it is.
Just recently during s particular rough patch, I made a list. Less than 24 hours later, nearly half of the situations were resolved! It was crazy! I was talking with a friend and she wanted to know all the things bothering me and then “BEEP” . . . I had a call waiting and I had to go. We didn’t make connections until the next day and we realized something amazing! My list of concerns had drastically decreased! Isn’t that just like our God? He loves us so much that He really wants to make us happy and relieved of some of the difficulties that we face.
There is a great song on Christian contemporary radio called “How Great”. The lyrics are so uplifting, and it just pushed me into thinking about how great my Father truly is! Let me share a part of this song in hopes that you receive a blessing from God as I did.
How great! How great is God’s amazing grace.
That we should be called the children of God.
How great! How great! That we believe our faith
And we should be called the children of God
How great is the love of the Father
That He sent His only Son
That we could be called the children of God
We will never perish if we believe in Him
And we can be called the children of God
That is what we are sons and daughters of God
Oh by this we know love
That He laid down His life for us
No greater love
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? (1 John 3:16-17)
No greater love. Need I say more?
~Julie Schultz

Unleash Your Spiritual Powers with Prayer

“Peter was kept in prison: but prayer (instant in earnest prayer) was made for him” (Acts 12:5).

Peter was in prison awaiting his execution. The church had neither human power nor influence to save him. There was no earthly help, but there was help to be obtained by the way of heaven. They gave themselves to fervent, persistent prayer. God sent his angel who aroused Peter from sleep and let him out through the first and second wards of the prison. When they came to the iron gate, it opened it to them of its own accord, and Peter was free.

There may be some iron gate in your life that has blocked your way. Like a caged bird, you have often beaten against the bars; but instead of helping, you have only had to fall back tired, exhausted and sore at heart. There was a secret for you to learn and that is believing prayer; and when you come to the iron gate, it will open up of it’s own accord.

How much wasted energy and sore disappointment will be saved if you learn to pray as did the church in the upper room?

Insurmountable difficulties will disappear; adverse circumstances will prove favorable if you learn to pray, not with your own faith, but with the faith of God.

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, go throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatsoever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:22).

Souls in prison have been waiting for years for the gate to open; loved ones out of Christ bound by Satan, will be set free when you pray till you definitely believe God.

Emergencies call for intense prayer. When the man becomes the prayer, nothing can resist its touch. Elijah on Carmel, bowed down on the ground, with his face between his knees. That was prayer – the man himself.

“Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused”. – C.H. Spurgeon

Go see what Irongate you can open this week!
(From the devotional, “Streams in the Desert”.)
~Kyla Frautschy

Sweet Hours Of Prayer

Sometimes I wonder if we really understand the importance, the power, the wonderful blessing we can have during that “sweet hour of prayer”.

Sweet Hour of Prayer
1.  Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
  That calls me from a world of care.
  And bids me at my Father’s throne
  Make all my wants and wishes known;
  In seasons of distress and grief,
  My soul has often found relief,
  And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,
  By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

2. Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
  They wings shall my petition bear,
  To Him whose truth and faithfulness
  Engage the waiting soul to bless;
  And since He dids me seek His face,
  I’ll cast on Him my every care,
  And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

3. Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
  May I thy consolation share,
  Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty heights,
  I view my home, and take my fight;
  This robe of flesh I’ll drop,
  And rise to seize the everlasting prize;
  And shout, while passing through the air,
  Farewell, farewell, sweet hours of prayer

Try taking some time this week and talk to Jesus!