The power of prayer

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

I’m not sure what role prayer plays in your life but let me give you a decent reason to consider it if it’s not already on your radar.

I read this statement recently and it made me sit up and take notice.

Here it is: “The thing I love about prayer is….it goes where people can’t.”

I want you to think about that for a moment.

Parents with children away at college or university; concerned people in North America seeing scenes of war in other countries; a housebound, elderly woman alone in her apartment worried about her grandchildren.

These are all examples of people who certainly appreciate the benefit of flying “air prayer” to anywhere in the world at any time needed.

When the apostle Peter was sitting in a lonely jail cell in Jerusalem, awaiting execution scheduled the following morning, Acts 12:5 tells us, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.”

A few verses later in this same account, after the church’s prayers were answered and Peter was set free by the Lord, he immediately sought out one of the house churches where prayer had been offered up for him.

A number of years ago I had two daughters living in two different time zones.

One daughter was living in Alaska, four hours behind us, and the other in Ireland, five hours ahead.

We communicated as well as we could through FaceTime, but it was the ability to pray specifically over key matters in real time, all while being several time zones away, that brought us together the most.

Read any post on social media where someone shares something personal for prayer, such as the death of a family member or a serious health issue, and then take note of how many people, not all from the same community, respond by saying that they are praying.

The person making the post gains support and encouragement, knowing that the prayer does not have to be offered by someone in the same room.

Prayer is not bound by geography!

For many, many years missionaries in foreign lands have counted on the prayers of the church back home.

So keep praying, my friend!

Your prayers are going where sometimes you can’t!

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