Prayer posted July 19, 2011

Dedicated to: All servicemen and families
Posted by: Joyce Clasen in La Palma, CA
Prayer: PRAYERS OF PAUL Paul was a very busy man. He did a lot of traveling, and a lot of running – away from those who would persecute him and try to kill him. Paul had a large agenda and a great itinerary. He was very busy. However, there was one thing that Paul always had time to do. Paul was a great man of prayer. Prayer was the first thing Paul did after he had his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Paul prayed and fasted for three days and three nights when he was struck blind and led into Damascus. After that, he met Ananias and received his sight and was filled with the Holy Spirit and baptized. Acts 9:17, 18. As he travelled, as he met new people, shared the Gospel, started new churches, he was never too busy to pray. Paul even used his time in the Philippian jail to pray and sing with Silas. Paul prayed and fasted with the leaders of the church in Antioch, and as he appointed elders in the new churches on his missionary journeys. In his letters to the various churches, Paul encouraged Christians to “pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Paul prayed over each of the churches and shared his prayer for them as he wrote the letters. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, making request for you with all joy. Philippians 1:3, 4 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. Colossians 1:3 For this reason, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:14 You can follow the example of Paul and incorporate prayer in every thing that you do. Your time with the Lord is precious. It is a time of praise and honor to God. It allows you to intercede for others, to ask for their strength and growth spiritually. Paul knew that prayer was the source of his strength. Let prayer be the defining focus of your life, and see what God will do! Joyfully, Joyce
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