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“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 Have you ever listened to someone pray and thought, “I wish I could learn to pray like that?” Their words just seem to flow so freely to the Lord, and we think surely the Lord must be pleased with their eloquent words and will answer their requests. Why can’t I pray like that? Sometimes it seems like we stumble and stammer over our words and wonder if the Lord even hears us. Sometimes we cannot even find the words to pray, and we can only whisper the name…

“Your enemy is coming to crush you, Nineveh. Man the ramparts! Watch the roads! Prepare your defences! Call out your forces!” Nahum 2:1 NLT In Jonah’s time, Nineveh had repented; but a century later their return to sin and rebellion brought God’s wrath. Nahum teaches us that although God is merciful, He will judge sin. Those who trust God know His justice is unerring. We should take courage today; and remember that, in every situation, God is truly in control. In this second chapter, Nahum is warning them that the enemy is coming to destroy them and gives them instructions…

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 How many times when we are facing a problem, do we try to work it out on our own? We forget that the Lord is always with us, and even though He knows what we are going through, He waits for us to approach Him. Often, we go to the Lord as a last resort when we cannot think of the right solution. But He desires for us to bring every care to Him and trust Him to give us…