Prayer Works

 …pray continually
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV
I am passionate about prayer. I’ve prayed some pretty big prayers and seen God do miraculous things, so I know prayer works. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some so-called unanswered prayers that have rocked my faith. And I’ve struggled to find the time and will to do it, like a lot of us. But God always shows Himself faithful when we’re faithful, and He knows better than we do what is best.
Over the past few years. I’ve taught, spoken and written about an acrostic for prayer the Lord laid on my heart, which is based on the elements of prayer Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer. It became articles in Blessed Living Women’s E-Magazine (, and then I was encouraged to write it as a Bible Study, which I am in the process of doing.

All that to say – you can imagine how my heart melted when I was visiting my nearly eight-year-old grand daughter Ava, and she 

informed me she prays five things when she goes to bed: for thankfulness, forgiveness, the sick, the poor, and love. 
Oh my goodness, she gets it!
Check! Another prayer answered.
What an example and inspiration an eight year old can be.
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
Corrie Ten Boom
Then, on my most recent visit, she was looking through her Bible and came across a verse she liked and said, “Grammy, I found a verse I want to memorize.” It was Psalm 139:13-14:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…

I encouraged her to write it on a sticky note and place it where she would see it often.

Babes. Childlike faith. We all need a good dose of it once in a while, don’t we?

What are you doing to not only consistently be in the Word, 
but to memorize it?

We need God and His Word more than ever before. And there is certainly a lot to pray for these days when you look at the state of our country and our world. I hope you’ll join me in praying continually for them, especially our upcoming election.

What if we don’t pray?
I will be posting blogs based on the P.R.A.Y.E.R. acrostic over the coming weeks on Saturday mornings. I hope they will encourage and inspire you. You may follow my blog for updates.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, struggles, and/or answered prayers. Please use the comment section or email me directly at the address below.
As I close, I’m praying for each one who reads this. Blessings to you and yours!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

Note: If you’d like a free sample of Week One of the Pursuing God in P.R.A.Y.E.R. Bible Study, please email me at lifecoachpenny@yahoo.comand mention the code FREE1st and I will be happy to send it to you.