“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.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Jesus did many miraculous things while He walked among the Disciples; yet, He also took the time to teach multitudes of people how to pray. We know God answers prayers because, we live and breathe. And, I would suggest that, if you have never had a prayer answered, you must be praying for the wrong things. The email I received below is quite powerful. It shares the story from one of our readers who started a Morning Prayer group after initially praying with a co-worker. Each day, she led her group of nurses in beginning their daily shift routine with prayer. Imagine the power put forth by a group of healthcare professionals who began their day with prayer. Below is an update concerning her Morning Prayer Group.
"I just got a chance to read today’s 'Daily' Devotion.' The latest chapter in my workplace early Morning Prayer session is that it has begun to spread. I don't have to ask anyone to come together anymore; they refuse to work without our prayer session... Needless to say, I didn't know it would take off like it has. This morning I got the shock of my life when my head nurse invited one of our doctors to join our prayer group and he came. At first he said, "Well, I don't know if I really believe in a gray-haired man who is supposed to be hearing us." But he came, joined our circle, put his arms around his neighbor and we prayed. -It was awesome!! I'm thinking about it even now and just marvel at the greatness of God. Well,... I'll continue to keep you posted." -Claudette J.
How would it impact your workday if you and your co-workers began the day with prayer? How would your group deal with customers, clients, or major issues throughout the day, if your morning began with prayer? You may be thinking, “I can pray alone at my desk for everyone.” -True. However, Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there Am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) So, in coming together with your group, your prayer will be more effectual in your workplace. When you pray alone, you are praying for yourself and the workplace environment, placing "your" mind at ease. When you pray in a group, you are praying for each person and their respective specifics, whether you know their issues or not. This puts "their" mind at ease, allowing them to relinquish control of "their" problems to God.
All you need is one other person to start the process. You will be surprised how many people really need prayer in their life, but are afraid to ask. Your presence in your workplace is not to convert the staff; it is to bring the Love of Christ into the environment through you. And remember, just like the physician in Claudette’s letter, it does not matter if they believe, it simply matters that you believe. L.
Study Reference: 2 Chronicles 7:14-16
Excerpt from:"Teaching Prayer." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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