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What Happened to My Prayer Life?
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By James Pemberton
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What Happened to My Prayer Life?


A friend came to me filled with despair.

He was wanting someone to join him in prayer!


There was something that was “getting him down.”

This was a neighbor on my side of town.


At first, I listened to what he had to say.

And then wished he would just “go away.”


I knew he needed help.  I “didn’t have the time.”

“Why should I worry?”  “His problem isn’t mine?”


The spirit of God began to get my attention.

I was then focused into a different direction!


God asked me why I wasn’t going to engage in prayer.

I simply answered; “I’m too busy to care.”


My heart broke as I seen the sadness on his face.

My life was touched, by God’s compassion and grace!


My prayer life that day, took on a new meaning!

I reached out to this person and began speaking!


I prayed for him, like I never prayed before!

It was people like him, that God put me here for!


I felt God’s power all over me!  At that moment…

 I sought Jesus’ power and his blood’s atonement!


My friend walked away, renewed and changed!

But it was my prayer life that was re-arranged!


The time I spend with God is time well spent!

As I seek him more, and confess and repent!


I’m so glad that I spend more time in prayer.

God loves me, and is always there!


May I encourage you, to do the same!

Won't you pray?  In Jesus’ name?


By Jim Pemberton    (c) 2013

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Submitted: Friday, March 29, 2013

Last Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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