Encouraging Word: Jimmie Hale Mission

Encouraging Word


Prayer Is…

The month of May marked a local and national emphasis on prayer. One week I attended five different prayer gatherings. It prompted me to focus on prayer.

What is prayer?

Prayer is conversation, talking with God. Remember the church song that said, “just a little talk with Jesus makes it right?”

Prayer is communication, where the emphasis is on dialogue, a two-way conversation of both speaking and listening.

Prayer is communion.  Communion is defined as being together; in agreement; to have unity. Prayer is contact with God, being aware of His presence and maintaining proper focus.

Prayer is privilege. We have access to God’s presence. He gives us a private audience.

Prayer is personal. God knows us completely. We have an intimate relationship with Him.

Prayer is powerful. It gets God’s attention and plugs us into His resources.

Prayer needs to be a priority. It should be our first response not a last resort. Prayer should be at the top or our list.

Prayer is profitable. The Bible says the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man/woman accomplishes much. It changes things.

Prayer changes things. It is like breathing; it is a necessity for our spiritual lives. I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray continually.”

I encourage you to make prayer an important part of your life. Experience God’s presence and peace.

-Tony Cooper 

Celebrating 26 Years of Service as Exec. Director, Jimmie Hale Mission



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