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Whatever happened to uncomplicated prayer? As children we would recite our bedtime prayers:
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
God bless mommy and daddy
My brothers and sisters
Grandma and grandpa
My doggie and kitty
And all my friends.
God bless our country
Our armed forces
Our courts and judges
I pray for Tiffany, who has brain cancer
Jim, who has leukemia
Bro. Pat with his heart problem
Butch, who is losing his vision
Teresa, who needs a liver transplant
. . . Etc.
. . . Etc.
Prayer can be overwhelming at times. It used to take only a short intense session to lift up all the needs of our hearts. Nowadays there are so many people with tons of needs and almost daily perilous national and global situations. It is easy to become numbed and succumbed, isn’t it?
Perhaps that is where the term prayer warriors came into play, for pray we must. It is a duty and a most holy privilege. (Luke 18:1, Romans 8:26, Ephesians 6:18, James 5:13 & 16, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, and 1 Timothy 2:8.)
Report for duty and embrace this consultation with our Creator. He awaits our pleadings, hears our cries, and knows our pains. The Holy Spirit utters our earnest soul-filled prayers.
And—of course, pray all in the name Jesus!