Faithful prayer

Rawlin Falk shares his faith-based column with the Observer readership

Ephesians 6:18-19 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. (NAS95)

There are many Scriptures that encourage us to pray. This Scripture gives some direction for those who find it hard to know how to pray.

1. First, Paul tells us to pray at all times. When is a good time to pray? All the time! In every circumstance. When you feel good and when you don’t. When you feel worthy and when you don’t. This gives us the confidence that God is ever present and willing to listen. He is near to those who call on Him. When the presence of God seems to have left us, it is possibly because we have neglected to pray. Begin to pray again and the sense of His presence is renewed.

2. We are to be alert to pray with perseverance for all the saints. That means everyone you know. Those you like and those you don’t like. Pray for them all. As people come to mind, pray for them. Invite God’s answers for the dilemmas that your friends are facing. Thank Him for the goodness He shows them from day to day. Pray that they will find His will in their lives. Persevere.

3. Pray for those in ministry. Pray specifically that they will have wisdom in their presentation of truth. Pray that they will be bold in presenting what God gives. Pray that they will have a teachable spirit, growing in their own faith while they help others. Pray for fresh joy and willingness in their serving. Pray for open doors to use the gifting God has given. Pray that they will face temptation in the strength of the Lord rather than their own strength.

Make prayer a priority, determining to grow in this wonderful privilege of talking with the King of Kings.

Just Posted

MLA urges locals to seek out missing referendum ballots; get educated

MLA Oakes says she’s hearing daily of people who still haven’t received their voting packages

Quesnel awarded $367,000 to further new opportunities for forest management

Rural Dividend grant will fund ideas from Forestry Think Tank and investigate manufacturing options

Column: the 4-H way of life

Local 4-H member Jacinta Meir on what being a member means to her

Column: what LNG means to First Nations

First Nations LNG Alliance on difference LNG will have on daily life and economics for First Nations

Food security: food costing in Northern B.C.

Northern B.C. residents have additional factors at play when it comes to food security

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

B.C. cheese linked to 5 E. Coli cases

People are asked to throw out or return ‘Qualicum Spice’ cheese

Canada Post no longer guarantees delivery times amid more rotating strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and B.C.

B.C. city councillor resigns as AutismBC director amid SOGI controversy

AutismBC president Gary Robins says Laurie Guerra’s resignation is effective Nov. 12

McGill students vote overwhelmingly to change Redmen team nickname

Student union held a referendum after a campaign by Indigenous students

B.C. university Pride group replaces white supremacy posters

Around 50 people walked through downtown Victoria to share posters of love

B.C. to invest $492 million in affordable homes

72 new projects are part of a 10-year, $1.9-billion strategy

Around the BCHL: Surrey Eagles sliding and Cassidy Bowes flows

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

Pit bull cross, chihuahua owners must split costs for dogfight damage, judge rules

Eac side responsible for $577.43 towards injuries in Comox Valley incident

Most Read