Real prayer

Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 1 (day one) 

“I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord.”–v 15.

“When we work, we work.  When we pray, God works.”–Hudson Taylor.

Not all prayers are equal.  Hannah’s experience proves it.  “Saying your prayers” and “pouring your heart out to the Lord” are very different experiences.  Somehow, and this by the grace of God, we reach the end of our own strength, inhibitions are cast aside and real prayer begins.

James 5:16-18 describes a similar moment.  “The energized (energeo) prayer of a righteous man accomplishes (energeo) much!  Elijah was a man just like us but he prayed (proseuchomai) with prayer (proseuche) and the Lord answered him!”  He prayed with prayer!  (really prayed)

Prayer does not equip for a greater work–prayer is the greater work.–Oswald Chambers.

God’s goal for us is real prayer.  Like Hannah.  Like Elijah.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

One thought on “Real prayer”

  1. Great topic. It makes so much sense, “When we work, we work. When we pray, God works”~~Hudson Taylor.

    Bring our concerns to God through prayers and patiently wait to hear from Him. I have some personal experience in sending my concerns to God. I noticed that when my prayers are connected with my heart and soul, God would give my prayers a priority. He answered my prayers within my timing!

    I often try to learn how people pray. Hope this article is a good read to blog readers!
    How To Pray? – See What Prayers God Answers – How Prayer Works

    I truly believe that prayers from the heart and soul will get God’s immediate attention and will be placed on His priority list.

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