Power of Prayer

We all know that prayer is effective and powerful.  The Bible teaches this fact and sometimes we experience those moments as believers of what we consider to be the miraculous answer to prayer.   The fact is that God always answers our prayers…”Yes, No and Not Right Now!”  Of course I tend to enjoy the yes answers the best because I think I know what is best for me.  The problem is that I cannot see the big picture of my life.  If I truly believe that God loves me and wants only what is best for me, then I will be satisfied knowing that the no’s and not right now’s are just as wonderful to receive as the yeses are.

Recently my husband was explaining a devotion to me that our pastor, Tom, had given to the Elder’s of Denton Bible Church, and I thought I should pass it along.  In 1 Kings 8:37-40 we read:

“If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locusts or grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is, whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Thy people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands toward this house; then hear Thou in heaven, Thy dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest, for Thou alone dost know the hearts of all the sons of men.”

Tom pointed out that our affliction (pain) is what usually drives us to the depths of prayer.  Pain in our lives draws us closer to God and in that we need to take comfort that as pointed out above; it only takes one man praying for God to act.  Yes we do and should have others praying for our situation, but it only takes one earnest, reverent, God-fearing man for God to hear.  God not only hears, but He forgives, He acts, He renders to each of us what we need in any particular situation.  What a loving Father.

Yes who but God knows our heart well enough to know how to answer each request?  As The Message puts it, God is the only one with such “inside knowledge”.  As I wait for some of my ”not right now’s” to change into a” no” or “yes”, I will cling to the fact that God is sovereign, He loves me, He will never leave me and His Spirit living in me will see me through all my affliction.              Amen

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christy
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 20:46:37

    THANKS for sharing this Gini! What a great reminder of the love and care our Father has for us! 🙂 He longs for us to draw near to Him and He longs to give us good things. We are His adopted children. What a great truth!!!

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