ABCs of Thanksgiving – P is for Prayer

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:16

I am not very good at prayer. But I know I am a recipient of many, many prayers.

My Mother prayed (and prays) for me.

My Aunt prayed for me as a small child and all my life until she passed.

I have dear friends from college who have prayed for me on their daily walks each morning since I first announced my diagnosis.

There are many, many others.

I believe in prayer.

Prayer is not just a matter of asking for things. It is a conversation with a holy God.

A conversation He longs for.

Sometimes, a prayer can be as simple as saying “thank you.”

I also don’t say that often enough.

I also know that in times past the prayers of dedicated individuals brought about revival.

To that end I have a daily reminder on my phone to pray for this nation at 9:00 each evening. It was a commitment I made some time back with fellow believers who committed to pray for at least a minute at that same time.

Like I said, I’m not very good at it. I try.

I’ve committed to not just offering prayers in a comment on Facebook, but when I say it, I want to mean it.

Mother Teresa said:

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”


I am thankful for prayer.

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