The Power of Prayer

Oct. 10, 2021

Scripture Readings

The last time I was asked to write for the 2020 Project, it was April; little did I know that the day it was published, I would be in Rockyview General Hospital on a ventilator fighting the COVID-19 virus. In addition to the doctors and nurses, it was through prayer that I survived and have no “long haul” effects. There is nothing as powerful as prayer and I want to personally thank everyone.

In Psalm 119, we turn to understanding a way to have a life that is pure, without sin. Seeking him with all our heart and treasuring his words keeps us from sinning against him. Should we seek him with all our heart, understanding his words and not wander from his commandments? These questions can lead us to a relationship with God that is most meaningful and uplifting. We need to keep the words that are on his lips on ours, and rejoice in his Word; we rejoice and meditate on his ways and delight in his words.

After reading in 1 Thessalonians, do you feel there are times in your life when you are attempting to reach an individual only to be hampered by an obstacle in your way? There are difficulties that accompany a life committed to Jesus. We are destined for such troubles, it comes with the territory. When we come to faith in Christ, we become enemies of this world, a target for Satan to destroy. We should not be surprised by trials or struggles, not shocked by difficulties. We have the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower us. We have the body of Christ.

When we see another believer struggling, we need to come alongside, strengthen and encourage them. Then, when we see them come out the other side stronger and firmer in their faith, we will be strengthened as well.

“And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows” (1 Thes 3:11 NLT).

And, I pray that your love and faith would continue to increase.

George Coutts