Hey, preacher, your prayer worked!

I teach a weekly Bible class to prisoners in a work release program.  Before each class begins I offer a prayer that makes mention of the men and women in this facility who are searching for employment, struggling with family issues, etc.

About a month ago a man who was in need of employment came to one of these Bible studies.  The prayer that night included a request for employment and the next morning this fellow was hired at a local business.

This man did not show up for the next few studies, but he did come out for tonight’s class.  He said he had been laid off from the job he received and he would appreciate another prayer.

I do not know why this man missed the last couple of studies at the work release center.  I do know that some treat prayer as little more than a giant wish list.  Many wait till they have a problem or emergency and then hope prayer will provide immediate relief from their crisis.

God is interested in our needs and problems, but He expects us to pray during the good times as well as the bad (Lk. 18:1Lk. 18:1
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18 1 And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint;

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; Rom. 12:12Rom. 12:12
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12 rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer;

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; Eph. 6:18Eph. 6:18
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18 with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,

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; Col. 4:2Col. 4:2
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2 Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

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; 1 Thess. 5:171 Thess. 5:17
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17 pray without ceasing;

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Be regular in prayer and make your prayers effective by being a righteous person (Jas. 5:16Jas. 5:16
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16 Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.

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Brad Price
www.abiblecommentary.com

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