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This weekend our church are holding a Prayer Burn.  People have booked a room and will spend it alone for an hour, with God.  The event runs for 24 hours and the 48 spaces were booked within a few hours!  That’s a good sign!

Our HKC Youth are joining in in a slightly different way.  We’re meeting as  usual with with a prayer/worship focus.  I’ve got some amazing speakers who are real genuine “praying” people and some great testimonies and practical interactive stations for people to give it a go.  One station even has M&Ms.  Seriously.

Prayer is so powerful because it joins the hearts of people on earth with the heart of God in heaven. When we pray, we connect with God, and He affects our daily lives beyond our comprehension.

I believe prayer is one of the greatest powers available in the entire universe. That may seem like a radical statement, but it’s so true!

Prayer opens the door for God to work. It is the activity that we can engage in on earth when we need the power of heaven to come into our lives and bring wisdom, healing, hope, direction, encouragement or a miraculous breakthrough. Prayer connects us to God, and that is why it is a greater “force” than anything else we can ever imagine.

Only God’s power can bring peace, instill joy, grant wisdom, impart a sense of value and purpose to a person who doesn’t know what to do in life.  Prayer changes us and it changes circumstances.

Do you want to see that power work in your life? Then make prayer a priority.

Prayer is very powerful.  It changes us from the inside out and does change things in our world.  When I was first saved I joined a girls prayer group.  It was scary.  I didn’t know the right words or anything.  I spent ages just listening before I dared to pray out loud.  A funny thing though – it was a really messy time for me, that transition from being not a Christian to being a Christian, changing the way I lived.   And when I missed a prayer group meeting they would pray for me and there would be dramatic changes.  I broke up with a guy who was not a Christian.  And then I dated another guy and guess what, missed the prayer meeting and broke up.    Even just last week I had twisted my ankle at the zoo and got prayed for on Sunday and woke up on Monday with it fine.  Yay Jesus!

Prayer can change your family, change peoples hearts, give you ideas and strategies.  But most importantly, prayer connects us with the heart of God who loves us, who loves you.

Prayer isn’t just an empty box to tick off on your to-do checklist. Every day you get to speak to the One who created and is sustaining a universe.  That’s amazing!

But now think about this:
The same God who knows the names of every star knows your name.
The same God who is holding the universe in the expanse of His hands is holding you in His hands.

Prayer is so much more than the puny, ordinary thing we make it out to be. And that’s because the One we’re praying to is not only so much bigger than we’ll ever be able to comprehend. But also so much more willing to respond to us than we’ll ever be able to comprehend as well.

You might be as small as a grain of sand, but you have a privilege no star or galaxy will ever have. Take advantage of it today. Lay your requests before God. And wait in expectation.

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