Prayer Works

imprrh@gmail.com —  August 8, 2012

Devotional for today- Prayer Works.

Mark 11

Jesus used a fig tree to teach his disciples about effective prayer. He shared three characteristics that can benefit our prayer life.

1. Pray prayers that stretch you. 11:22 “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.” Jesus is helping the disciples see beyond what they have been accustomed to. The “safe” prayers don’t do much for our faith. Pray for greater things, that you have yet to see. Pray for God to work outside your capabilities, in a way you have never seen before.

2. Pray prayers that are action driven. 11:22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.” Notice the action words in the prayer- lifted up, thrown. Effective prayer is active prayer. More than praying for a feeling to come or a feeling to leave, it’s about something happening. Actions produce feelings. Not the other way around.

3. Pray prayers that are genuine. 11:25 “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Interesting that Jesus would talk about forgiveness in this context. The message here is simple- there is no vertical response without a horizontal reconciliation.  First forgive. Then proceed.

Conclusion- Stretch yourself, get active, forgive. All while praying.

Prayer requests- as always, I pray for your requests. Leave them here.

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