Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of you. You only now what I need. You know me better than I know myself. O Father, give to your child what he himself knows not how to ask. Teach me to pray. Pray yourself in me. -Francois Fenelon
Today’s Scripture Reading
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
James 5: 13-18, NLT
Today’s Reflective Reading
You should have it firm in your mind that prayer is neither to impress other people nor to impress God. It’s not to be taken with a mentality of success. The goal, in prayer, is to give oneself away. The Lord loves us- perhaps most of all- when we fail and try again. -Emilie Griffin