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The Power of Prayer

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The Power of Prayer - March 07, 2006

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer." 1 Peter 3:12

I often hear people say they don't have time to devote to prayer. In today's society, this is somewhat understandable. Cellular phones, wireless networks, instant messaging, and other technologies have made most of us accessible, as they say, "24-7." What puzzles me is why these helpful communications devices have taken time away from the most important communication of all. While this technology that connects us to each other is helpful, each and every one of us has always had available a direct connection to God. It is the most important connection of all.

It's called prayer. It's hands-free, mobile, and there's always a good signal. As Christians, we have already signed the contract for coverage. All God asks of us in return is that we use the connection. We need to make time to use that connection. Just as we schedule time to attend a child's school pageant, schedule a doctor's appointment, or set a time for a business meeting, we need to schedule time for prayer.

Prayer does not need to be written on our calendars at a precise time each day, but it does need to be a priority in our daily lives. It's an opportunity to ask God for our needs and, more importantly, to ask for HIs guidance. No other connection gives us this opportunity- the chance to seek God’s counsel in matters of our daily life. Only prayer permits the deep reflection that yields answers to our most difficult decisions.

The connection to God through prayer is powerful. No other connection enriches us in the same way. The connection is always available and always on; we just have to use it.

Rich DeVos is the former chairman of Gospel Communications. He is also the author of "Hope From My Heart: Ten Lessons for Life," co-founder of Amway Corp., and owner and chairman of the NBA's Orlando Magic.
 

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