From the letter of Paul to Philemon

The way of the disciple is the way of prayer….”I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers…”  Philemon 4
 

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, that calls me from a world of care.

And bids me at my Father’s throne, make all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief.

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.
 

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, thy wings my petition bear.

To Him whose truth and faithfulness, engage the waiting soul to bless.

And since He bids me seek His face, believe His word and trust His grace,

I’ll cast on Him my every care, and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.
 

Sweet Hour of Prayer

By William W. Walford   Acts 3:1
 

The apostle Paul prayed all of the time.  This is what disciples do….they pray…they talk to the Lord…sometimes with heads bowed and eyes closed…other times with heads up and eyes open…sometimes on bended knee and sometimes standing up or laying flat on the ground…and sometimes they pray all alone and other times they pray with others…sometimes they pray silently and other times they pray out loud…and sometimes disciples pray with tears and other times they pray with great forcefulness and boldness…but always with faith and humility and expectation.

Jesus taught His first disciples that believing prayer was the key to miracles (John 14:12ff)…in other words, Jesus taught that believing prayer gets God into a matter.  Paul believed that and so should we…especially when we pray for our friends.  They need God to work in and around and for them…they need a miracle.  So we pray…and that is just what disciples do!

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