“When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth” (Ephesians 3:14-15 NIV)

As long as I live, I will never forget the beautiful sound of my Dad praying each morning when I was a child or the soul-stirring sound of my grandparents joined in passionate prayer while I visited their home.  The habit of prayer produced time-tested, trial-tested, pure-gold faith.

The Apostle Paul wrote our devotional verse while imprisoned and perhaps even chained to a Roman guard. Despite the circumstances – the prison walls; the discomfort of iron chains and the onlooking jailer; Paul was kneeling in prayer focused on God’s overall purpose. While in prayer, the present trial was put in perspective in light of God’s overarching plan.

Prayer: Lord, some of the most important prayers that I will ever pray are in the middle of difficult circumstances. In the midst of trying times, it is my habit of prayer that will convey the message of my faith louder than mere words ever could. Thank you for giving me a fresh perspective today as I yield myself in prayer.  Amen.


Julie is a writer who would rather read, a speaker who would rather listen, a joyful wife to Peter, and a determined mother of two. She is the More to Life director and editor of Reflections Magazine UPCI.

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