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When You Have Nothing Else, Offer Prayer

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

Ephesians 1:7 NIV

In Him we have been offered eternity. Life forever lies at the foot of the cross. Nothing can surpass this gift and nothing that we do can be worthy of such.

What happens to us when we are not worthy? Is our time valuable? Does service, work, fellowship, and all that stuff in between even matter? Can our dollars truly make a difference or do they line the pockets of corporations under the guise of do-gooder labels?

Do these thoughts make you want to hoard your money and your time? Does the idea of wasted resources have you cringing at the idea of volunteer work or hospitality?

Let’s be honest, in today’s society we watch mega-churches fall, pastors plunder their sheep, and women sacrifice their offspring at the altar of deception all because of being misled by service, fame and rosy glasses.  Why would we want to get mixed up with that and find us falling down that slope with a Christian label stuck on our lapels? Aren’t we dragged through the muck enough as it is for the sake of history, prophesy and the fact that we believe Jesus?

Some would say we have offered enough. We are done. Jesus come now because we want to be done following the rules, looking upright, or hiding on the fringe pretending to blend in with the right and the left. We never think to blend in with the truth.

We need to stop this madness. The blending in and excuse making doesn’t fly in the face of truth. Someone will call us out eventually and all of our fallacy making will eventually bite us back.

Romans 2:1

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

There’s nothing but a bunch of truth in that verse. That is me and that is you, and we both need to stop pointing fingers. We need to turn from the excuses and laziness of passiveness.

While we turn from our waywardness, we can start with the easiest offering to our Lord. There’s something that we can do that doesn’t take money, or requires us to go anywhere. Some may say that it takes time, but truly you have time on your hands that is never used.

Prayer. Offer up praise, worship, and communion. When we don’t know what to do for the church and when we see our brothers and sisters hurting, pray. When you don’t have time or money to give, pray. When you are feeling broken, pray.

World changers pray. We can find the words pray or prayer in the Bible almost 500 times. It’s not just confession, or petition, but it’s intercession, fellowship, worship and praise. It’s something that we can offer at all times without constraint, and He is there with us.

James 5: 13-16

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

When you have nothing else, offer prayer. When you’re worn out from giving, from doing, or from the demands of life, offer prayer.

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13 thoughts on “When You Have Nothing Else, Offer Prayer

  1. Thanks for the encouragement. It sounds simple enough, and yet I often don’t do even that most simple of things and just pray. Your post a good reminder to do exactly that and communicate with God, especially when we’re at the end of our resources. Thanks for sharing.

  2. “When you have nothing else, offer prayer.” Amen and amen! Powerful post once again!!!

  3. I loved this line: “World changers pray.”

    I want to be a woman with a lifestyle of prayer.

  4. Yes, indeed world changers pray….as much as prayer changing the world! Thanks for the boldness included in this post – I enjoyed it. Look forward to looking around your blog. Visiting from FMF!

  5. Wow Maryann, you either went over 5 or you are an epic speed typist!!! Great post.

    1. Lol. I went over five, but I also kept getting interrupted, so I thought, eh, might as well keep going.

  6. Well, darn…I think my initial comment got lost.

    Here it is again, replicated best I can.

    They say that prayer should be your life
    and your life, a living prayer
    to heal the sorrow and stop the strife
    and make it groovy everywhere.
    Can’t say that I don’t agree
    but I am in the faction
    that feels prayer must sometimes be,
    a clarion call for action.
    Prayer is the soul’s Fresnel lens;
    God’s lighthouse, if you will,
    and on its clarity, all depends
    to reach that City on a Hill.
    It can be hard to understand
    that the heart must reach the hand.

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