Coin Flip to the Other Side

Want to be Ineffective?
That’s Easy 
Don’t Pray.
Ever given much thought to the other side of the coin. Meaning what if one did not pray?
What if the persistent widow in Luke chapter 18 did not persist in her request for justice? She would not have been heard and justice would not have been met. 
What if Elijah had not prayed as mentioned in James 5:16-18? The drought would not have been lifted and crops would not have grown.
What if Hannah had not prayed for a son in 1 Samuel 1:10-11, 19-20? Samuel would not have become the great servant of God that he was.
Had I not prayed to receive Christ and for Him to control my life, I would not be where I am today. God has made all that I have possible. I can honestly say that I have the desires of my heart and I know that God will do so much more because He is more than able to do all that I ask and more. The other side of the coin is a scary place.
The Apostle Paul encourages me to pray without ceasing and with thanksgiving 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. He also encourages me to rejoice always. I imagine it like a conversation with a close friend. I don’t always get it right but if I were to put my best effort into it. I would pray upon rising giving thanks for a good night’s rest and for the safety He provided. I would talk to Him as I go about my day with thanksgiving for safety in traffic. At night, I would ask forgiveness for the sins that I am guilty of and ask for the strength to do better the next day. So with this in mind I will seek to do this in my comings and goings.
So let me ask you, do you want to be ineffective or effective as a believer in Christ?
 My Prayer: Dear Lord God, help me to be continually in prayer with You and giving thanks in all circumstances. Forgive me when I fall short and do not make a point of talking with You especially first thing in the day. Amen. 

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