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The 1 Person Who Silences Your Prayers

What if we stopped stopping our prayers?

"Children of the Day" author Beth Moore shares her heart for prayer, and ways you can pray more fervently.

No one can keep us from praying.

People can tie up our hands and feet, but they cannot keep us from praying. They can cover our mouths with duct tape, but they cannot keep us from praying. They can arm-wrestle our wrists to the table, but they cannot keep us from praying. They can remove every public prayer from every civil institution, but they cannot keep us from praying. They can beat us, imprison us and confiscate our belongings, but they cannot keep us from praying. They could pluck out our eyes and jerk out our tongues, but they still couldn't make us quit praying.

Only one person on earth can stop your prayers: you.

A Man Absolutely Obsessed with Prayer

What if we stopped stopping our prayers?

I counted 26 times in the HCSB that Paul wrote the word "pray" in his letters and 27 additional occasions where he used other forms of the word—like, "prays," "praying," "prayer" and "prayers." Add to these numbers the times Paul used synonyms like "supplication" and "intercession," and you have a man absolutely obsessed with prayer.

So, what's the point? Paul had been struck to the ground and temporarily blinded by a saving encounter with Jesus. He'd been divinely commissioned with as much detail and as clear an objective as any apostle in the New Testament.

He had visions and dreams given to him by the Holy Spirit. He was raised to the third heaven and heard unutterable things. He survived beatings that should have killed him. He had prison chains snapped by an earthquake.

His hands had been the gloves of God in countless wonders.

Not one inspired writer of the New Testament letters had more to say about prayer. He did not sit smugly back, presuming that Jesus would fulfill His purpose through him with little proactive effort on his part. He pressed in and prayed hard. To Paul, prayer was part of the necessary means even to a divinely foreordained end.

Excerpted from Children of the Day.

Learn More About Beth Moore's Bible Study

Join Beth Moore and walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. During this nine week study, you'll learn how to let go of past mistakes and discover your circumstances are not coincidental—God's timing is impeccable!

Whether you're facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts or fears, you'll come away encouraged that you are exactly where Christ wants you.

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Children of the Day: Teaching Clip "Do Not Quench the Spirit" (from Session 6)

Beth Moore shares from 1 Thessalonians 5:19.

Children of the Day: Teaching Clip "The Second Coming of the Lord" (from Session 7)

Beth Moore shares from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17.

Moore, Beth
Best-selling book and Bible study author Beth Moore is a dynamic teacher whose conferences take her across the globe. She is a dedicated wife, and mother of two adult daughters and three delightful grandchildren. Beth lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries with the purpose of encouraging and teaching women to know and love Jesus through the study of Scripture.