Prayer Makes Things Happen

The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16, NASB).

PrayAugust72014Do I really believe this verse? If I do, why don’t I pray more?

Our sermon on Sunday was on prayer. I came away challenged to make prayer the first thing I do:

– When I get up in the morning

– When I’m tempted to say things I shouldn’t

– When I don’t know what I should do about something

– When misunderstandings occurs

– When I’m too tired to keep going.

I want prayer to be my first response, as I acknowledge my utter dependence on Him. He’s the one who changes things. He’s the one who gives wisdom. He’s the one who has promised to listen.

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Just to let you know, for the next month or two, we are going to be posting here just once a week. We’re cutting back for two reasons:

I’m in the middle of working on a chart and book set based on 1 Corinthians 13, and I haven’t been making much progress while traveling to conferences and writing Bible studies! We would like to get this project finished up and available this fall, and fall is coming fast!

I would also like the extra time so that I can respond to many of you ladies who asked questions, left comments, or expressed needs as we studied Proverbs 31 together. I just couldn’t keep up with that while I was writing the Bible study lessons.

So we’ll be posting on Tuesdays only for now. I would appreciate your prayers as I try to finish up the 1 Corinthians 13 chart. Pray that this can be a tool that will help parents teach their children about godly love, and pray for clear thinking, fewer-than-normal distractions, and some sleep! 🙂 And I’ll pray for you, that God will give you grace and strength as you live each day with its challenges and blessings!

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9 Comments

  1. How exciting! You will be lifted up in prayer. I want to also tell you how much my family appreciates you and the gift the Lord gave you. We serve an amazing God.

  2. This is very exciting. Pam you are a very gifted woman of God and He is using your talents mightily. You will be lifted up in prayer. His timing is so precise.

  3. This is exciting! My kids and I made up a song to memorize 1 Corinthians 13 a few months ago. It will be fun to study it like we just did Proverbs 31!

  4. Really?!?! We will be learning 1 Cor 13 this year! Please let us know as soon as it is available!

  5. Thanks Pam, for reaching out to us and enriching the lives of so many families. My prayer life needs some work too. I can only imagine how great your new project will turn out! Heavenly Father, please bless Pam because she is blessing so many others. Please help her to finish her goals and to be pleased with the outcome. Thank you, in our Saviors name 🙂

  6. I will be praying for you, Pam! I am very excited to see the I Corinthians 13 chart! We have been memorizing the “Go to the Ant Chart” together lately but will be ready for something new soon – and that chapter is PERFECT!

  7. Thanks for your wise words about prayer, it was just what I needed. It seems so simple, but in actuality it’s hard to do. I’m going to print this out and post it where I see it each day.

  8. Pam, “Faithful is He who has called you and He will do it.” Amen Trusting in our Lord’s abounding grace to carry you through the labors of love before you to complete that will bless us all and bring Glory to our precious Savior, Jesus!

    This morning I was overcome with a burden for a loved one and the Lord sent me right to my prayer closet…..I sang Psalm 91…..obediently and humbly cast this loved one and all my cares and her cares to Jesus and closed by singing Psalm 25 to Jehovah Shammah. Before I prayed I was so convicted by the Holy Spirit that my first response typically is to strive or worry. He is changing me and this was evidenced by the grace He supplied to me to seek His presence and come before Him with praises and thanksgiving. This act of worship reminded me of His Sovereignty, faithfulness and promises and He gave me peace knowing that His good will would be done for His Namesake regarding the concerns I had for my loved one. Peace reigned in my heart the rest of the day because of the grace He gave me to rest in who He is…..El Roi.

  9. Prayed for you Pam! I’m hoping to do your 1 Corinthians 13 study next so that chart sounds like it would be great. Thanks for all you do for us 🙂