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Prayer is a mystery! I don't understand it but I believe in it! Our Lord Jesus himself sets the example. But it is not magic! It is not an incantation or a formula which 'persuades' or manipulates God to act on our behalf.
To me, more than anything else, prayer is an expression of my relationship with my 'heavenly Father'. It is a way of expressing my heart's desire that the name of God be reverenced, that His kingdom be established and His will be done. It is an expression of my dependence on and faith in him.
Prayer is also a weapon for the waging of spiritual warfare.
The story of Gideon reminds us that it is not the number of people who hold a sword that is important. It is the obedience and faith of those people. It is their willingness to face the enemy and call on the name of the Lord.
As you pray through the prayer notes this month, whether you go through them daily or pray them 'all at once', remember, "The battle belongs to the Lord"! Lift up his name in honour and praise and rejoice in all he is doing in the world.