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(By Marybeth Whalen of Proverbs 31 Ministries)


ďIs anyone of you in trouble? He should pray. Is any one happy? Let him sing songs of praise.Ē ~James 5:13 (NIV)


I waited for my friendís small group leader to finish her conversation with another lady before I shyly asked her if she had heard from my friend, whose husband had left her just a few weeks before. I knew my friend was probably not going to be at Bible study but I wanted to make sure she was doing okay. Her small group leader told me she had spoken with my friend and that she was, considering the circumstances, doing well. I told her I was glad to hear that, and asked if she knew of anything I could do for my friend during this difficult trial. Her leader put her hand on my shoulder and replied, ďI told her that people will say that all they can do is pray. But really, thatís the best we can do. We can pray for her. We can storm the gates of heaven on her behalf. She needs our prayers right now so we will just keep praying.Ē

As I walked away, I thought about our conversation and wondered how many times I had idly commented that praying was ďall I could do.Ē What I meant was that my prayers were a last resort, something to do when there was nothing else I could do Ė no meals I could bring, no Band-Aids I could apply to the hurt, no actions I could take. And yet, I was missing the best possible response I could have. I needed that reminder that praying is not a last resort, itís a first response. Itís not the action of a powerless, hopeless person whose hands are tied in every other way. Itís the powerful, Heaven-summoning activity of a warrior who doesnít want to fight alone. Praying, as I learned that morning, isnít all I can do, itís the best I can do.

Are you facing a situation right now that you canít do anything about? Maybe you are watching someone go through something that you canít help with. Do you wonder what good it will do to pray? Do you despair of anything changing, or of your prayers helping? Have you, like me, shrugged your shoulders and commented that all you have left is prayerówhen really your prayers are exactly what is needed?

Letís focus today on doing whatís best. Letís get on our knees for ourselves, our family members, our spouses, our children, our neighbors, our friends and our nation. Letís focus on the power in our prayers. Our intercession, and nothing more, might be exactly what God desires. Letís not forget that we can offer the most help when we are on our knees.

Dear Lord, Thank You for being there any time I need to come to You. Thank You for giving us a way to talk to You and for Your promise that You will hear us when we pray. Help me to remember that prayer isnít all I can do, itís the best I can do. In Jesusí Name, Amen.


"When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything You gave me.'" ~Erma Bombeck
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