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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 6:02 PM

Faith and Life -- a new column from local faith leaders

Does Prayer Matter, and if so, why?
  • Source: Reverend Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC
Faith and Life -- a new column from local faith leaders
Rattlesnake Hill sunrise August 14th

Author: Photo by Stan Lattin

Once per week or so, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. We have room for just a few in each column, and so we will publish in a rotation. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you are a faith leader and would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714. If you’d like to talk more about anything you read here, or if you would like prayer or a listening ear, we hope you will reach out to one of us. If you don’t already have a church home, you are invited to join us for worship, too! You’ll find contact information and worship times below.

Pastor Brennen Behimer, Parkside Bible Fellowship

www.parksidebible.com, 775-423-3855

On-site worship services Sunday mornings at 10:15am

God always provides exactly what his children need. Regardless of what we might want, God gives to us what he knows is best. When we pray and he answers, whether with a “yes,” “no,” or “not yet,” we have been so prepared by our focus on God in expectant and prayerful trust that we thank and praise him for giving us the answer he knows we truly need. The same is true with the gospel. Whatever we think we need from God, what Jesus actually provides in the Christian gospel is the forgiveness of our sins and his perfect righteousness given to us which are both necessary for our acceptance with God. In Jesus Christ, God has already given all that we truly need!

 

Debbie Schank, Fallon 5th Ward Young Women’s President

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, www.churchofjesuschrist.org
Yes! A resounding yes!

Prayer is conversing with a Father who loves you more that you can ever imagine, who is anxious to hear from you and who, although will never force you to do things, is always ready to listen and bless you with inspiration of what to do that will help you, comfort you, and bring you peace. It is like a phone call—a two-way conversation, never rote but expressing the deepest feelings of your heart and then not “hanging up” but waiting and listening for the guidance, direction, and peace that will come.

 

 

Rev Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC

www.epworthfallon.org, 775-423-4714

In-person worship Sunday mornings at 9:00am, sermon at 9:30am on Facebook Live and KVLV Radio AM980

Prayer results in miracles, for one thing. Sometimes impossible, shocking ones...sometimes small, amazing ones that are even better, like a doctor or nurse who does just the right thing, or a friend who shows up at just the right time, or money that comes when you need it the most. But that is the tiniest part of why prayer matters. A habit of prayer makes major changes in the person who prays. It creates an intimate relationship with God that brings peace of mind and heart, brings hope and strength when life gets hard, brings forgiveness and a new start when we make mistakes, gives us maturity and wisdom. Prayer helps us see more clearly, be more grateful, and love more freely. I can’t imagine life without it.

 

Adam Bayer, base chaplain Naval Air Station Fallon

Worship at the Nevada Air Station Fallon Chapel at 10:00am, or on Facebook Live beginning at @10:25

*The views or opinions expressed herein are solely his, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense or the United States government.

The earth’s revolution around the sun continually threatens to catapult it into an infinite void. The far greater mass of the sun controls the earth’s revolution enough that it stays within its own life-giving warmth. Someone once used this as an analogy for prayer. At any moment, each one of us run the risk of careening into an endless pit—a retreat from God, and the life that He offers. Prayer acts as the “gravity” that connects us to the center of our existence. When we pray to the God who is there, we acknowledge our smallness and His infiniteness. We confess we depend on Him. We recognize that He hears us only because He chooses to do so. And that changes how we live.

 

 

 

 

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