The power of prayer

Has anyone ever asked you to pray for good weather for a picnic? Or, for a certain sports team to win a special game? I don’t know if all Christians get those requests, or just pastors…

I’ve had to tell a few non-Christians that prayer isn’t magic – we don’t say a few special words and then miracles spring forth into this world. I’ve also had to tell a few Christians that God isn’t like Santa Claus – “if you’re good you get what is on your wish list.”

Instead, prayer is a powerful connection between God and people. A time when people rely upon God’s strength and not their own. It can shape us: our hearts, souls, and very lives.

One of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott, claims the two best prayers she knows are: “Help me, help me, help me” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

I admit that for a lot of my life all my prayers fall under those two headings…sometimes a little bit of each in both.

This has been a week filled with “help” prayers…I know two different families in our church family with newborns undergoing heart surgery, and a number of adults have been admitted to the hospital this week. However, it is also filled with lots of “thank you” prayers! For God’s healing touch upon some of those patients, for the gift of community – people who helped me move to my new apartment last weekend, and for awesome parents who celebrated 30 years of marriage this Tuesday.

There’s much more to prayer than just those two prayers…but they sure are a good starting point!


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