I have seen folks use prayer only if all else fails. Shoot! I’ve been guilty of this myself! Even if we are among the praying we need reminders now and then and we must help others to remember too. The following is from today’s devotional in my Life Application Bible study through You Version.
The people complained about their problems instead of praying. Some problems can be solved by careful thought or by rearranging our priorities. Some can be solved by discussion and good counsel. But some problems can be solved only by prayer. We should make a determined effort to pray when we feel like complaining because complaining only raises our level of stress. Prayer quiets our thoughts and emotions, and prepares us to listen.
If you are not familiar, You Version is a bible study tool that offers connections to a multitude of different translations and bible versions as well as a multitude of study plans. You can access it through the app on a smart phone, iPad or on a PC through the website http://www.youversion.com. Starting today they are challenging folks to read/study everyday for 21 days. 21 is the ‘magic’ number of occurrences it takes to build a habit. The more people who can be encouraged to build a habit of prayer and study the better!
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I intend to post this several places so if you see it more than once please feel blessed rather than irritated!