Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

Seeing the recent news coverage on the effects of the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri can bring tears to my eyes. I was struck by the raw power that flattened entire neighborhoods. I was also struck by the number of times I heard news reporters say “our thoughts and prayers are with those in Joplin.” Do these people really pray? Or are simple thoughts and prayers the same to them?

God has given us prayer as a miraculous way to partner with Him in changing circumstances here in this world, according to His will. We need to treat prayer as the remarkable privilege and responsibility that it truly is. If you find yourself saying to someone, “I’ll pray for you,” ask yourself if it’s appropriate to just stop and pray with them right then.

Dear Lord, thank you for allowing us to be a part of the work You want to accomplish here on earth. Help us to pray faithfully for those people who You have put in our path. In Jesus’s name, amen.


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