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“For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there” (I Samuel 1:27-28). This scripture, lifted from the story of the birth of Samuel, who was destined to become a great spiritual leader to the children of Israel, is really a story of the prayer of every mother with a heart for the kingdom, prayed for every child. There is something born in the heart…

“No, I don’t want the blue one; I’d like the pink one instead, please.” “Can I have that burger with mayonnaise instead of mustard?” “Excuse me, but this is mine.” “Mommy, can I have that?” Every day, humans profess opinions, desires, and wants. We have no problem with speaking boldly when it comes to self-preference or self-preservation. Why is it, then, that we struggle with boldness in prayer? This is something I have been working hard to apply, and teach others, for years; we must be bold when speaking with our Heavenly Father. Our pastor, William L. Sciscoe, taught us…

“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…