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The Importance of Prayer

James 5:16/1 Thessalonians 5:17

Tragedy, sickness, danger, and hardship. These are the times people choose to pray. This is not the only time we should be praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing.” Prayer should be a part of our everyday life.

In Romans 12 God lists many characteristics of how a Christian is supposed to live. Verse 12 of this chapter tells us we are to continue in prayer. Ephesians 6:18 says “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit,”

Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal as Christians. James 5:15-16 says that prayer can heal the sick and forgive sins. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Prayer works!! We have to pray, but as James 5:16 says, and Proverbs 15:29, we need to stay righteous for our prayers to be effective.

There are also other reasons for prayer. Giving thanks (Ephesians 1:15-16), forgiveness (1 John 1:7-9), healing (James 5:15-16), times of trouble (James 5:13), strength (Matthew 26:41), and so much more.

Prayer is an essential part of our walk as Christians. There is no way to speak to God or to grow without it. We MUST pray!!

Kaleb Hopper

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