6 Reasons to Pray

By Pastor Dennis Boris, Kazakhstan

1. Prayer helps us with understanding the Word of God. Just as the Word of God helps us to pray, so the prayer helps us with an understanding of the Word of God. Oftentimes when you pray about the passage that is not clear God gives you a better and deeper understanding of that passage. Besides that, prayer cements what’s been read in the Word. 

2. Prayer draws us closer to God. “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth (Ps.145:18)”. If you want to be closer to God, pray! 

3. Prayer calibrates our wishes and desires and heals our laziness and foolishness. We pray so that our desires are such that God could listen to them. None of us would pray for something sinful. You would be ashamed to mention anything like that in prayer. Besides that, prayer heals us from laziness and foolishness of our souls. Do you know why we don’t receive what we ask for? There are 2 reasons for that. First is mentioned in James 4:2. We simply don’t ask. Laziness. Second, we don’t ask in accordance with God’s will (James 4:3). Foolishness. Prayer heals us from laziness and foolishness of our souls. We don’t know what we want. Let us pray for God’s will to be done. “He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them (Ps.145:19)”. Pray the prayers that God cannot answer. Pray for the unity of the church, for the growth in holiness and so on. 

4. Prayer makes us grateful. We ask God for something and when we receive it, we are filled with gratefulness. We always receive good gifts from God because “every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17)”. Let us pray and ask and be grateful for God’s goodness in our lives. 

5. Prayer puts us in our proper place. Prayer reminds us that we can’t do anything on our own. All prayers are reminders of our dependence and inability. Every prayer screams, “I can’t! Help me, God!” I cannot understand your Word, obey it, share it unless you help. Help me, O Lord! “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise (Jer.17:14).” 

6. Prayer helps us get reconciled with people and get people reconciled with God. If somebody irritates you, annoys you; if somebody hurt you, pray for him or her. Take it, as a rule, to talk to God about the man before you talk to the man. The same rule applies to evangelism. Talk to God about the man before you talk to the man about God. 

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WinterHelp and a Silent Prayer

WinterHelp and a Silent Prayer

Together with Pastor Edward we come to the old apartment building and visit a family consisting of three generations of women - grandmother Larisa, Natalya and granddaughter (also) Larisa (21). The elder Larisa and Natalya are widows, and the younger Larisa is disabled. She cannot talk, cannot walk, her hands practically do not work and her mental abilities are at the lowest level. It's hard for them. Grandma is also weak physically. A special experience was added to these difficulties - last summer their apartment was robbed when they were not at home. Robbers took all that could be taken. The family lives at the expense of the grandmother’s pension and a small disability allowance for a granddaughter. Our assistance was used to purchase diapers for the granddaughter, medicines and potatoes.

Volunteer Opportunity - Reformed Presbyterian Church of Miskolc, Hungary

Do you have freedom to travel, a desire to be a blessing to the church of Christ, and an interest in other cultures and places? The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Central and Eastern Europe church in Miskolc, Hungary is interested in receiving an English-speaking single or couple for 6 to 12 months to help with teaching English both in and outside the church, as an outreach project.

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Are you alive? Are you in Christ? Do you yearn for Christlikeness? Does your life bring the peaceable fruit of righteousness? If you don’t have this true life, repent and believe. If you do, live it. Live it to the full, knowing that you were created for such a life. Praise be to our Savior Christ Jesus who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Tim.1:10).

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COAH would like to add 2 new board members, one Canadian and one American. We are looking for energetic persons who have a strong desire to help promote the good of God's kingdom and church in Eastern Europe, and would like to invest their gifts and time in furthering the work of Come Over and Help. The ability to travel to Eastern Europe occasionally is necessary. If you are interested, please contact the administrator Raymond Roth at raymondroth@coah.org

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