Saturday, May 7, 2016

Prattville Dragoons' Chaplain's Column for May 2016

Changing People by Prayer
Many times when we pray, our prayer are filled with a greater degree of doubt than with confidence. We tend to forget that in order for God to answer our requests, our prayers must be in line with His will. However, sometimes when we are faced with the uncertainty of our prayer being in God’s will, we begin worry or become confused and then, we will occasionally fall silent.
God’s will for us is to have a healthy relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus. That means we must know the Father with increasing intimacy and our goal should be that we become more and more like Jesus. By focusing our prayers on having this type of relationship with the Lord, simply makes it easier to know what to pray. We need to  find a scripture that tells us something about God’s character, and pray that for others and for yourself. The results are:
  • You can pray with confidence because God wants His children to be like Jesus Christ.
  • You can pray expectantly because you know He will work out His will in our lives.
  • You can cooperate with the Holy Spirit while He works to develop the same quality in you.
Prayer is not a game where we have to guess when to talk to the Lord or about what. When we study scripture we will discover that it is full of God’s attributes and His desires for our lives. Pick one and start praying. Then watch what God does in response. Prayer gains access to the proud spirit, to the hardened heart, to the unbelieving mind; there are no walls too high or thick for Him to breach. So pray God’s will and watch lives change—especially your own.

Yours in Christ's service,
Tom Snowden, Chaplain

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. James 5:16

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