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21 Days of Prayer

Day 13 - The Power of Prayer

Are you concerned about your loved ones? Maybe you have some prodigal sons or daughters in the family who are living a wild life, and every time you try and talk to them, they don’t listen to you. What can you do? 

How much time are you spending on your knees for your children, family, friends? Here comes the challenge: If you are not praying for them, how do you expect things to change? Billy Graham said that if he had to live his life again he would preach less and pray more. Why? Because there is power in prayer. 

The Bible tells us that “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). Talking can turn to nagging, but prayer is the way to true change. 

John Wesley’s mother prayed for her son every day. I’ve heard many stories of men and women whose mothers prayed for them. God raised these evangelists up to be giants in the kingdom. This is what can come from encouraging and praying more and criticizing less.

Start believing what God says about your loved ones, and not what other people say. Keep believing and praying, and God will answer your prayers.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Ephesians 3:14-15 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

PRAYER: Lord, when I’m frustrated about a loved one, remind me to come where the power is: to You in prayer. Amen.

The content for this devotional was adapted from "The Bible with Grassroots Reflections" by Angus Buchan © Christian Art Publishers.