Five Aspects of An Effective Prayer Life


This is an abbreviated version of the devotion I gave at a recent ladies meeting.
In the following passage Jesus is teaching his disciples a vital lesson on the power of prayer. He knew that he was about to be crucified, placed in the grave, rise again, and ascend after forty days. He was about to leave. The disciples were dependent on Jesus for everything. They needed to learn how to pray and trust God to meet their every need.

Mark 11:20-26
Mar 11:20  And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 
Mar 11:21  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 
Mar 11:22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God
Mar 11:23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 
Mar 11:24  Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 
Mar 11:25  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 
Mar 11:26  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. 

Using a nickel, I gave these 5 aspects of an effective prayer life.


On The Heads Side:

  • The first thing you see is the Head of Jefferson, a historical figure. That represents the Historical Aspect of Prayer – Remember what God has done in the past. (v. 20-21)
  • In God We Trust represents the Theological Aspect of Prayer - Trust, Have Faith in God - (v. 22)
  • Liberty (2Cor. 3:17) represents the Spiritual Aspect – Believe (v. 23) 

                                                     On The Tails Side:
  • E Pluribus Unum provokes a question (What does that mean?) and represents the  Practical Aspect – Ask (v. 24) (Mat. 7:7-11Lu. 11:9-13)  Incidently, E Pluribus Unum is latin for “Out of many, one”
  • United represents the Moral Aspect – Forgive (v. 25-26)
I hope that each time you look at a nickel it will remind you of these five aspects of an effective prayer life.



Blessings!
Lisa

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