Jay's eDevotionals  

Feb 11

Give the Timeless yet Timely Gift of Prayer

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.” (James 5:16)

As Valentine’s Day approaches, let me share with you a spectacular gift suggestion: INTERCESSORY PRAYER!

These are stormy times and we must heed God’s call to pray for one another. Let me share an illuminating illustration. In preparation for assaulting Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary was climbing with a guide on the treacherous Weisshorn Peak of the Swiss Alps. It was stormy so they ascended the mountain’s sheltered side.  When they reached the summit, they were filled with exhilaration. Hillary forgot about the fierce winds and when he stood up in a conquering pose atop the peak, a blast of icy wind nearly blew him over the edge of a 2,000 –foot sheer cliff! The guide grabbed him and exclaimed, “On your knees, Sir.  Here, you are only safe ON YOUR KNEES!”

In sunshine or storm, I urge you to begin the regular practice of praying with your loved ones. Hold their hands and pray aloud for them. This practice of prayer is especially powerful when applied to your mate and children. Mary Ruth and I are welded at the soul because we consistently hold on to each other and pray for each other. When you hold your spouse and call their name before the Lord, icy hearts melt and your spirits are uniquely knit together in Christ. Your children will find blessing and security beyond measure when parents kneel beside their bed and pray for their precious treasures. Then teach your child to pray for you and others. At mealtimes, hold hands and pray aloud for the needs of people around the table. Move beyond a preschooler’s rote rhyme and authentically express gratitude for God’s provision and intercede for the needs of those gathered at the meal. Your food will taste better and your company will be flavored by the presence of Christ.

On countless occasions, I have knelt beside friends battling illness or life difficulties and offered intercession for them. Not only does our Heavenly Father receive that request but a precious bond forms between you and the prayer partner.

Remember that prayer is not a substitute for action but the action for which there is no substitute so generously give it to your loved ones!

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