Power Up the Prayers

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John 16:32b-33 (NIV)
32“Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
10Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

 Reflect

  Our Daily Devos have been special this week because they were written by middle and high school students from around the world. I know that God has blessed them in the sharing of their testimonies, just as God has blessed all of us in the reading of them.

  One theme that seems to have run through the week is how we can sometimes begin to feel overwhelmed and alone—cut off from God. It’s true that life isn’t easy. It’s true that there are challenges and problems. Jesus says it himself, “In this world, you will have trouble.”

  But Jesus also says something else. He tells us not to worry because he has overcome the world! That is the most reassuring thing one could ever hear!

  Remember, they killed Jesus. They beat him and hung him on a cross until he was dead. They put him in a dark, dank tomb and rolled a huge stone in front of the opening. But at daybreak on the third day, angels came and knocked the stone out of the way so that Jesus could walk right back out of that tomb!

  Now, if Jesus can defeat death, what situation can we and Jesus not handle together?

  In the Scripture, we are promised over and over that God will never leave us or abandon us. Never. So, why do we sometimes feel alone and apart from God?

  The answer could be in the quality of our prayer lives. Prayer isn’t just to make us feel better before a huge science test or to make us feel like good people because we’re thankful for our food. Prayer is available to us as an authentic connection with our Creator. Prayer isn’t there for us to drone on and on with empty, religiously-sounding words. It’s for us to express, openly and honestly, the things that are most on our hearts—good and bad. And, it’s to allow us a time to stop, be quiet, and wait on the presence of God.

Respond

  How can you increase the quality of your prayer life? How can you be more deliberate about it, more honest with it, and more patient through it?

Relate

If this devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.