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The importance of prayer
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"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

— 1 Timothy 2:1-4

It is estimated that there are more than 4,200 religions in the world today. All of these various religions have two things that are vital to their existence: a belief in a higher power and a way to communicate with that power.

For Christians, we talk and communicate with our God through prayer. The chance of any relationship being successful without communication is slim. Therefore, we pray continuously to not only petition God, but for him to communicate back to us.

We can clearly see when things are not right concerning us or the environment in which we are living, but God has given us the tool of prayer to have a positive effect on our lives, our communities and our world.

God told King Solomon that whether drought or locusts or pestilence is allowed in the land, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

There is power in our prayers. Philippians 4:6 remind us, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

And the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County has made it a point to lead this community in the unity of prayer. No matter how many times we pray, we have the expectation that "… the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16).

Prayer is always important, and it starts with you.

Join us at 6:30 this evening for a Back to School Community Prayer Gathering at Victory Assembly of God, 612 E. Gen. Stewart Way, Hinesville. We will be praying for our administrators, teachers, students and staff as school restarts.

Hayes is the pastor of New Day Community Church and the president of the United Ministerial Alliance.

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