Image of Craig StalderThe Surprising Power of Prayer

I mentioned in a sermon earlier in the year that God has been growing me in my prayer life – which has been awesome (and an answer to prayer itself!).

Each morning God has graciously helped me be in the habit of not only diving into His Word but praying to Him – my Father in Heaven. I’ve particularly found helpful using the A.C.T.S. model of prayer (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). This is a great model for two reasons: 1. It mirrors the sorts of prayers we see throughout the Bible. 2. It ensures my prayers are holistic not just a wish list. As well as lifting the various needs around me to God – this model forces me to actually praise God for who He is and what He has done, to confess my sin to Him, & to thank Him for His forgiveness in Jesus and goodness to me in life.

This habit has given me a valuable insight into the purpose of prayer. Prayer is not just about God changing the circumstances around us in response to our requests, but also God changing us through our communion with Him.

He showed me this truth vividly one morning when I woke flustered & anxious about the day ahead. I thought to myself “there’s no time for prayer, I just need to get into my load of work” but then I forced myself to stop and worship Him. I confessed my sin. I thanked Him for all His goodness to me (took no more than 5 minutes).

And then, as I began “casting all my cares on Him”, I realized I felt lighter, and more at peace than before I had spend that short time in worship and thanks. All the great and overwhelming worries of life dissipate in the presence of God who holds the future and every circumstance in His hands.

I’d imagine this experience is exactly what Paul had in mind when he wrote:
“Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:6-7

Please Note

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Isaiah 26:3, 4

3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

                                                                                 Your brother in Christ, Craig Stalder