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The Power of Prayer

Cory Cole

"You have searched me, Lord, and you know me."- Psalm 139:1

I have a lot to be grateful for in life, for my family and friends, for the opportunities I've had to be educated, to grow up in church that loves God and seeks to live for him. But, like most people, still can feel lonely at times and get disconnected from all these things. And something I have to constantly remind myself is how incredible it is to have a relationship with God, where I can turn to him in my times of sadness or anxiety, but also in times of joy and gratitude.

The theme of camp at The Swamp last summer was REAL, and one of the theme scriptures for the summer was Psalm 139. I loved reading and listening to this passage throughout the summer because it is showed me what a real, true prayer to God looks like. I suppose you could say that about a lot of David's prayers in this book of the Bible, but I think I connected to this one so much 1) because I read it so many times, 2) it reminds me how intentional God has been in my life. He created our inmost beings, things we may not even realize ourselves. David reminds us in this psalm that God knows our hearts better than we do, and that he fearfully and wonderfully created us the way we are. That is such a comforting thought to me!

Singing Devotional, Week 4 2015

Spending this summer at The Swamp, the one of the biggest things I took away was how powerful prayer is, how incredible real and honest time with God is. Whether it was underneath the starry sky at the Starlight Devo, or during an early morning quiet time, or with the entire camp before meals, prayer has helped me connect with God so much more in my walk with him.

There has been so much going on in the world recently; hearing about the struggles of Syrian refugees, constantly hearing the hatred and anger between people and nations, it all really stirs my heart and saddens me. Turning to God in these times to cast anxieties and open my heart to Him is the only thing I feel I can do about it. I encourage, you Swamp Blog readers, to reflect on your prayer life. I'm confident it will go a long way in how we go about in society nowadays.

For the Friday Bible Class at camp last summer, Douglas Jacoby came and taught a lesson on Psalm 139, and it is definitely worth a listen if you want to know more about this powerful psalm. Click here to check it out! Thanks for reading, guys! I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Until next week,


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