pray-56059_1280There it was staring me right in the face. It appeared to be so innocent. It was just a card given to me by a friend. The message was so simple – yet so profound. The message read, “PRAY – You cannot stumble if you are on your knees.” How many times have we found ourselves in difficult situations that seemed to have no earthly solution? How many times have we forged ahead in an attempt to resolve the situation? How many times have we stumbled in the midst of trying to resolve the situation? How many times have we found ourselves in a broken state looking toward Heaven and “finally” asking for help from our Father in Heaven? How much easier it would have been had we prayed first instead of praying after.

“What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)

Jesus desires to hear our prayers. He wants us to reach out to Him first so that He may comfort us. “…The Lord is the strength of my life…” (Psalm 27:1) Direct communication with the Lord will strengthen us. “… but who so putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25) There is safety in numbers. With the Lord beside us, one becomes so much more than one. Prayer teaches us patience. “Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” (James 5:8) Prayer teaches us obedience. “Those things,which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:…” (Philippians 4:9a) Prayer gives us peace. “…and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9b) Now isn’t that so much better than stumbling along? PRAY.

By Lorraine M. Castle

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and Innovations Ministries Director. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University.

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