Diane Epling

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We Can Only Pray

Diane Epling

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Why do people minimize the importance and power of prayer? I have often heard people speak as though they have given up on something, saying, “All I can do now is pray.” Really? Of course, this implies they’ve tried everything else first, then decided to give it to God in prayer as a last resort. I admit to being guilty of this, and God had to teach me how surrendering everything to Him would positively impact my life. When I learned to trust God, He was my first go-to when I had a decision to make and when I needed to rid myself of worry and doubt. Not only that, but I also have someone with whom to share my joy and victories. So, prayer isn’t my last resort; prayer is my first line of defense. 1 John 5:14-15 NIV says This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.

When we try to fix everything ourselves, only resorting to prayer when nothing we’ve tried works, we miss the fullness of God’s rich blessings. He wants us to depend on Him, come to Him with everything, and give Him glory. If we could fix everything ourselves, why must we have faith in God? Working ourselves to death actually brings death. The death of our relationship and our faith. Why do we make it so complicated? In Matthew 11:28-30 NIV, God says: Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

I challenge you today to surrender your burdens to God and rest in the knowledge that He holds you in His hands. God fights for us. He has already given us victory, but He has also given us free will to choose Him over ourselves and the enemy. The freedom we find as children of God is knowing that we are cherished—the apple of His eye—and that He loved us even as our lives were steeped in sin, guilt, and doubt. We don’t have to wait to be perfect to open our hearts in prayer and hear the tender words of His Holy Spirit. He loves us just as we are. We don’t keep God’s commandments to earn His love. We keep them because he first loved us and taught us to surrender our whole hearts to Him. We see this in John 14:21 NIV, saying Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them.

Instead of saying, “All I can do now is pray,” why not say, “All I want to do is pray.” Pray without ceasing. Pray from a place of love and trust. Pray because you cannot imagine a day that goes by without spending time with God.

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