I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Today's Morsel: Prayer is as old as man, as universal as religion, and as instinctive as breathing. It is practiced in some form by all people of faith. Prayer springs from the heart with a need. A need that is greater than man's ability to solve. Prayer is man's acknowledgement of a being higher than himself. Most people try to pray, yet so few know how to pray. There are two kinds of prayers. The prayers that reach God and the prayers that don't. There are so many Scriptures that deal with prayer and the importance of it. There are some Scriptures that tell us why we should pray, how to pray, where to pray, and even tell us some hindrances to our prayers. Probably the greatest type of prayer is intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is where one intercedes for another person. Paul said that God wants all people to be saved and it begins with us praying for them. That is intercessory prayer at its ultimate. James tells us that the effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Jesus even tells us that if we pray we won't faint (Luke 18:1). And He told Peter that he should pray because the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). I wonder, if people prayed more would they be less stressed?
Sing: Somebody's praying for you! Somebody's praying for you! When you feel you're alone, and your heart would break in to, remember, someone is praying for you.