Daily Devotion

It's Time to Pray

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.
Have you ever been in what appeared to be an impossible situation with no way out? Have you ever desperately needed or wanted something, but it seemed as though there was no way you would ever have it? Or, have you ever thought there was no future for you? If so, you need to know about the power of God that can take place through prayer.
One thing that comes out very clearly in the pages of God's Word is that prayer can dramatically change situations, people, and sometimes even the very course of nature.
But what prayer actually changes the most is you. You change when you pray. The objective of prayer is not to change God or to get Him to do something differently. The objective of prayer is to align yourself with the will and purposes of God.
God will allow hardship and challenges and need—and sometimes even tragedy—so that He can reveal Himself to us and put His power and glory on display. He allows things to happen in our lives so we will turn to Him in prayer.
Yet we usually regard prayer as a last resort: Well, I've called all my contacts. I've pretty much done everything I can do. . . . So I guess all I can do now is pray.
In reality, the first thing we should do is pray and ask the Lord for His help, His direction, and even His provision. We need God's help—that is why we pray. When we see our own weakness, we have a greater glimpse of the strength of God.
As someone wisely said, "If you are swept off your feet, it's time to get on your knees."
No matter what situation in which we find ourselves, we need to pray.

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