In all things, a time for prayer
    February 9 2016 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    I firmly believe that the practice of consistent fervent prayer is required if we are to see God move in our state, nation and world.
     
    In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are commanded to pray without ceasing. Have you ever spent time meditating on the meaning of this verse?
     
    Does it mean that we are to spend our every waking moment in prayer and supplication?
     
    Does it mean that we are to live our lives forgoing all other activities to devote ourselves completely to prayer?

     
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    To the contrary, I believe that Paul’s reference to prayer addressed an attitude – an attitude that causes us to position our hearts and our minds toward God at all times. Paul did not mean that we were to remain on our knees in the posture of prayer all throughout our day, but we can keep our Heavenly Father in mind in all circumstances.
     
    It is possible to recognize the goodness of God in every situation and pause to reflect on Him.
    In Matthew 18:20, Jesus promised that when two or three are gathered in His name, He is there also. James 5:16 states that the prayer of a righteous man (person) is powerful and avails much.
     
    In commenting about the prayer life of Jesus, George Adam Smith said that for Jesus “going forth from the place of prayer was little more than gathering the spoils of victory.”
     
    Our prayers are not in vain. Our Heavenly Father hears every one of them and answers according to His wisdom and His plan. Psalm 25:14 states that the secret (counsel) of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (plan).
     
    Do you make it a daily consistent practice to go into the throne room of God with an open Bible as well as an open heart? If you sit at His feet in an attitude of humility and praise, if you meditate on His written Word and wait for Him to direct your prayers, you will sense His presence.
     
    Recently, I heard Amy Boone, the new executive director-treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina and former missionary with the International Missions Board tell about answered prayer. Amy said she and her husband, Mike, saw God perform numerous miraculous works on their birthdays when they lived in Africa because thousands of Southern Baptist people were praying for them.
     
    Do you want to learn more about power in prayer? In March, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will be hosting a statewide prayer gathering called “Awaken – Watch and Pray.”
     
    This two-day gathering will feature John Franklin of John Franklin Ministries; Mark Harris, pastor of First Baptist Church, Charlotte; Richard Owen Roberts, president of International Awakening Ministries; and Chris Schofield, director of the BSC Office of Prayer.
     
    Praying always with all prayers … being watchful … with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” – Ephesians 6:18.
     
    (EDITOR’S NOTE – To learn more about “Awaken: Watch and Pray,” a North Carolina State Prayer Gathering, please visit ncbaptist.org/stateprayer or contact Betsy Roland at broland@ncbaptist.org or (800) 395-5102 ext. 5513.)

    2/9/2016 11:31:58 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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