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As the body of Christ, we often underestimate the power of prayer. I know it may sound old fashioned. However, for the child of God prayer is life, the very breath of God flowing through our spirit for the purpose of accomplishing His will in this world.

God has never needed us to fulfill His divine purpose, but He longs to bless us in His purpose each day. Those blessings begin and are accomplished through prayer. As we pray, we become a blessing to others around us. If a person doesn't truly believe that they simply will not do that.

If we would be honest with ourselves, prayer is the most overlooked exercise in our daily journey with Jesus. We do many things each day and far too often the urgent overwhelms the important.

I read something a few days ago that was both simple and powerful. The statement read, "If you only pray when you are in trouble, you are in trouble." Is that not a sobering statement?

How much more enjoyable would this journey of grace and faith be if we continued in conversation with the One who made the blessings of life possible according to His promise?

Prayerfulness is a serious exercise for our spiritual well-being. On the other hand, prayerlessness is a sin of omission. 1 Samuel 12:23-24 say, "Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you."

From blessings of grace, we, in turn, bless others through the practice of prayer.

In case you are needing a simple and effective plan on how to pray, consider the following.

Make a list of at least four people whom you know that need salvation. Identify them on your prayer list as 'possibilities'. Pray for them by name each day. Pray for their salvation.

Follow that with at least four people that once walked closer to God than they are currently. List these as 'prodigals'. All of us have been prodigals at some point in our journey with the Lord and someone prayed for us. We must pray for them by name each day. Like the father in the parable, pray for their soon return from the wasteful ways of the world system that promises pleasure and produces pain. Finally, think about four people who are engaged in kingdom ministry. List them as 'pursuers'. These souls provide evidence consistently that they are pursuing the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Pray for their zeal to remain sourced in Christ.

Twelve names lifted to God each day through the practice of intercessory prayer. When engaged faithfully and fervently, God will do what only God can do, and you and I will soon discover His work is sufficient through our service of prayer. Prayer then becomes our spiritual service of worship (Romans 12:1).

Don't forget, those who pray join in a purpose that is eternal and powerful.

If you really want to see God work in others around you, be willing to permit His work to be at work in you through consistent prayer.

Be encouraged,

Pstr K

Psalm 27:1