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"The Church God Designed"Stuart JonesPrayer is one of the necessities of the Christian life. The word of God challenges us with the promise found in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Yet we do not pray as we should. Why is that? Perhaps Bill Hybels, in his book, “Too Busy Not to Pray,” identifies our problem when he says, “To people in the fast lane, determined to make it on their own, prayer is an embarrassing interruption. Prayer is alien to our proud human nature.”   James 5:13-20 gives us some direction regarding the importance of prayer. Verse 16 tells us, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” Prayer is powerful. Prayer changes things.   Every believer has the capacity for powerful and effective prayer. Ordinary people who believe in the power of prayer come into the presence of God because He has invited them to and then God provides a supernatural intervention into their prayer because of their belief.   How is our prayer life? Do we pray consistently throughout the day or do we mainly just pray when we need God’s help with something? Do we think of God as being on speed dial where we can push a button when we need something? If we are doing fine, do we do things on our own?   We should make a commitment to walk closer to God and in prayer with Him. Prayer cannot only change our lives, but also the world around us.