Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

The Bible reveals a great deal about prayer.  Prayer is essential for our daily living and giving.  The Scriptures declares, “Man must always pray and not faint.” (Luke 18:1)

According to scripture, there are many types of prayers for various situations, but all must have a divine connection with Our Heavenly Father, The Creator and Maker of every good and perfect gift.  God promises to His children are Yea and Amen; when the petition is made in FAITH, believing whatever we ask according to His will, He will do it.

Praying effective prayers mean saying what the WORD OF GOD says.  Including your name or the name of the individual(s) you are praying for, position you to receive yolk destroying, burden removing power that cannot be denied from God because He is a God who cannot lie.

James 5:16 says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  Jesus prayed throughout His ministry on earth, all the way to the CROSS.  Before JESUS went to the CROSS, He prayed, “Saying, Father if you be willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will, but your will be done.”(Luke 22:42)   Jesus also warns the disciples, teaching them to, “Pray that they enter not into temptation.”  Time spent in prayer is refreshing and very rewarding.  Strength is received to overcome every obstacle you may encounter throughout your life.

Waiting on the Lord to answer may sometimes cause a spirit of anxiousness, if you vacillate from FAITH to FEAR. Flesh always demands, I want it to happen NOW! But this is not God’s way of doing His business. He is always cool under pressure.  Even after the temper tantrum, God will patiently and lovely wait on you, as HE GUIDES you through the valley, without any hassle. Waiting on God means, trusting that the moment you ask, He is able to supply.  The situation will switch, from your plans and control, immediately falling into God’s capable hands.  This is called divine transference.   He takes our heaviness in exchange for a garment of praise. I dare you to try waiting on God.

There was an elder Pastor who once lived in the community where I live, the late Rev. Arthur Taylor.  Every time he approached someone, one of the first questions he would ask is, “Did you say your prayers today?”  I imagine when you are young this question may be funny, a bit embarrassing, or maybe it may have seemed irrelevant.  I am glad before he went to be with the Lord, he didn’t ask me that question anymore because Rev. Taylor realized the hand of God was on my life and he knew I had to pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit lived in me.  The elders often said, “Just live,” meaning I guarantee life issues have a way of bringing you to your knees.

“PRAYERS THAT AVAILS MUCH,” is speaking out of your mouth the things that God said.  YOU have what you say.  “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by THE WORD of GOD.”(Romans 10:17) 

Come, approach the throne room of GRACE for yourself, allowing the Holy Spirit to shower you with love, as He gently guide you into the presence of Our Father.  The Scripture says, “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised” (Hebrew 10:22-23)

God is waiting to hear from you.   Linger in His presence as He embrace you in His loving arms and whisper sweet words into your ears.  GOD REALLY LOVES YOU!   Remember, “Man must always PRAY and not FAINT.”