Praying in a Crisis - Charles Stanley Daily Devotional (May-21-2022)

Saturday, 21 May 2022 00:07

Charles Stanley (May-21-2022) Daily Devotional: Praying in a Crisis

Even when we feel small and helpless, we can change lives through prayer.

Numbers 21:6-8 - The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, ``We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us." And Moses interceded for the people. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live."

When was the last time you cried out to God about something other than personal issues? We’re often so absorbed in our own life that we fail to see the crises others are facing. But whether a hardship impacts total strangers or hits close to home, do you ever feel some matters are just too big for one person’s prayer to make a difference? 

Well, don’t believe it. James 5:16 (Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much) assures us that “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (ESV). And the next verse gives a powerful example: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” 

Almighty God is able to heal, bring peace, and change circumstances. And He has chosen to let His children participate in the process through prayer. In fact, He wants us to talk with Him about everything (Philippians 4:6 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God).

The next time you hear of a tragedy or problem—regardless of whether it affects you or perfect strangers—resist the temptation to distance yourself from it. You can influence the lives of others when you intercede on their behalf. Let crises become a catalyst for prayer. 

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  • Comment Link jonathan Pagba Saturday, 21 May 2022 14:28 posted by jonathan Pagba

    Very much delighted to ha e daily devotional

  • Comment Link Doris Green Saturday, 21 May 2022 01:38 posted by Doris Green

    May God bless you abundantly! Dr Charles Stanley. You have. Taught me So Much Over Many Year's.. Thank You So Much for your faithfulness,it has been my comfort and my joy to learn about my Precious Lord and Saviour.

Charles Stanley

Charles F. Stanley is the founder of In Touch Ministries, and a New York Times best-selling author. He demonstrates a keen awareness of people's needs and provides Christ-centered biblically based principles for everyday life.

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