When We Pray, God Works
The message of intercessory prayer is “When we pray, God works!” Augustine wrote, “Prayer is to intercede for the well-being of others before God.” Prayer is God’s plan; God initiated intercession so that He could work on earth in response to prayer. Jesus reinforced this co-laboring concept of prayer for His disciples in the last week of His life on earth.
We can see why intercessory prayer is so important in Jesus’ words to His disciples: with prayer, they would be effective because He would be working with them. Praying disciples are working disciples; when they pray and work, Jesus works in and through them, and great things happen.
Something to Think About
Why must disciples who pray work? Why does Jesus not answer prayers that are not in His name? What do you think about the idea that if you are an intercessor, Christ places the powers of the heavenly world at your disposal?
Something to Pray About
If you’ve used prayer to try to get special favors from God, admit it and ask for forgiveness. Commit yourself to prayers that lead to work, and work that flows from prayer. Thank God for including you in His plan for world governance.
Something to Act On
Ask Jesus to reveal to you what He would pray if He were in your shoes, and then turn what you know or believe to be His will into a prayer in His name. Trust that Jesus has heard your prayer, and imagine His mighty, wise, and loving response.
Who said When we work we work When we pray God works?
Max Lucado: We work when we work, but God works when we pray.
When men work they work but men pray God works?
When men work, they work, but God works when men pray.u201d
What is the work of pray?
The phrase pray and work (or ‘pray and labor’; Latin: ora et labora) refers to the Catholic monastic practice of working and praying, which is most commonly associated with Benedict’s Rule, which views prayer and work as partners and believes in combining contemplation and action.
What is the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
How do you talk to God?
It’s fine to pray with your eyes open and your head held high, just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent. It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.
What is the correct way to pray to God?
Learn to Pray in Four Simple Steps
- Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.
- Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.
- Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.
- Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.
- Praying in a Group.
- Pray Always, With Sincerity, and Faith in Christ.
Why is prayer so powerful?
Prayer is a powerful weapon available to anyone who loves God and knows His son Jesus Christ. Prayer energizes a believer’s heart through the power of the Holy Spirit, and consistent prayer releases the power of God’s blessing on your life and circumstances.