CCOB Women Newsletter
A Note of Encouragement
Prayer: the most important, yet most neglected, ministry!

Hi ladies, 

Lately the Lord has been impressing on my heart how utterly vital prayer is!  However, we so often fail to tap into the ever-available, never-ending source of the power of God available to us through prayer, which causes us to go about our day in lack of power, lack of strength, lack of resources, and lack of wisdom.  Simply put, the Bible tells us that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2).  

Here are a few nuggets from the book Kneeling We Triumph:

Whenever you see a mighty move of God, a husband converted, a radical return, a person delivered from bondage, God‘s provision, or His healing touch, you can always find a praying person behind the scenes.  “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly” (Acts 4:31).  

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.  At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose” (Acts 16:25-26).  

How we need a desperate earnestness!  Let God burden your heart; He will then begin to burden men’s souls. Prayer can do anything God can do, for the arm of God responds to the touch of prayer. All the infinite resources of God are at the command of prayer. Prayer is the key that opens wide the storehouse of divine grace and power. “Ask and it shall be given you," cries our heavenly Father as He swings wide open the doors of the divine treasure house. There is no limit to what God can do!

A missionary stated, “I never let my duties, though there were many, rob me of my time of devotion, prayer, and communion with God, as I knew that was the only way to accomplish what He has called me to do.”

How do you spell busy?  B-U-S-Y!  Busy Under Satan‘s Yolk! The enemy will hurry us so that we will shorten our devotions, which will make us ineffective.  A busy life makes a barren life as our prayer time is crowded out.  The key to a radiant life is sitting at the Lord‘s feet where He imparts His vision and wisdom. We would never draw from the bank without putting in the necessary funds. Yet how many times do we find ourselves over-drawing, trying to find strength, only to discover that our souls are empty?  Let’s make sure that we are filled with His resources so when our children, husbands, and those around us come looking for help they will find our shelves well stocked as we have spent time with the Lord.

Lord, teach us to pray!

We would see Jesus,

Karen Pulley