Four weeks ago, I lost my Grandpa Joe. In the weeks since his passing, memories of him often flood my mind, particularly when I am reading his Bible that he gave to me on my 16th birthday. When I received it, I truly underestimated its significance, its value, and its future application to my life. It was his prized possession because of all the markings and personal notes of things our Father God had said to him (in his heart) or caused him to understand (in his mind). Fifteen years later, it means more than I could have imagined.
One particular personal note I came across while reading the Psalms the other evening was “STAY IN THE LIFELONG SCHOOL OF PRAYER”. Ever since I was little, one thing I can vividly remember was that my grandpa would pray about everything! He was a true “prayer warrior” on behalf of others, always willing to stop whatever he was doing to lift up someone to the Lord. The Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is powerful and James 5:16 confirms this for us— “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
And that’s exactly why Carter Conlon, senior pastor of Times Square Church in New York, takes one minute every day to deliver this message to your listeners … “It’s Time to Pray.” Carter exhorts us to …
Be intentional in your prayer–ask God to intervene in your life and in your situation.
Keep praying and keep believing–God is able to do far above what you would ever expect.
In an upcoming broadcast from Carter, on his daily 1:00 feature It’s Time to Pray, Carter encourages listeners to cry out to God, and not just when it’s convenient, but constantly!
Since my Grandpa’s homegoing, it’s been my heart’s desire to carry on his legacy of faith and fervent prayer. I hope that I can be a shining example for my son, just like my Grandpa was for me! Which means … I must pray like I’ve never prayed before.