Often we pray to God when things are not going the way we want them to go, or we pray when we need something from God. Prayer is not a tool we should use only when things are wrong, but we should learn how to pray at all times. We should begin our day with prayer and end our day with prayer. Prayer is where we receive our strength to go on and to stand in the midst of difficult situations. Not only should we pray for ourselves, but we should learn to lift others in prayer as well. We should not just pray for those in our circles, but we should pray for those who are not in our circles. The Scripture reminds us that, if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. I encourage you today to humble yourself and pray. Pray for those things that you need in your life, but also pray for others who are in the need of prayer. Pray when trials and tribulations come your way, pray when the sun in shining in your life. Pray when all of the bills are paid, and pray when you do not know how you are going to pay your bills. Prayer is a humbling experience, because it allows us to be open an honest with God about our situations. Keep praying and do not allow what you see to keep you from having a conversation with God who still answers prayer. I am grateful that God is still in the prayer answering business. He answers me when I call and I will continue to humble myself before Him and pray for friends and foes. Since I will continue to humble myself and talk to God I have no doubt, “It’s My Year To Get My Thing From My God!”
Thank you Lord for being a prayer answering God. Thank you for hearing me when I pray. In Jesus Name Amen.
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY