Prayer Changes Situations
He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him. (1 Chronicles 5:20)
"Can you prove that prayer makes a difference?" the skeptics ask. "And how do you know that what you prayed for wouldn’t have happened anyway? Maybe it was just a coincidence." Well, maybe it was. But our own experience as writers, along with countless Christians throughout the ages, is that a remarkable number of coincidences seem to happen when we pray! Prayer is not a meaningless spiritual exercise; it really is effective! God hears our prayers, God answers our prayers, and those answers change things and people.
The Bible is full of examples of prayer changing situations; people like Moses, who saw God’s people rescued as he raised his staff and called out to God (Exodus 14:21-22); Hannah, who saw her barrenness ended through faithful, persistent prayer (1 Samuel 1:27); David, who saw a national situation changed through prayer (2 Samuel 24:25); Elijah, who saw countless miracles as he called out to the living God to show His reality and power in the face of godless people (1 Kings 18:41-45); Hezekiah, who saw his lifespan extended as he prayed (2 Kings 20:1-6); Nehemiah, who saw amazing doors opened for him because he prayed (Nehemiah 2:4-6); Daniel, who influenced a whole nation because he prayed (Daniel 6:10-28); Peter, who experienced a miraculous escape from jail as a result of the prayers of others (Acts 12:5-19); Paul, who saw prayer do everything from changing the whole outlook of a church (Acts 13:1-3) to bringing about miracles (Acts 28:1-9) to rescuing him again and again from danger (2 Corinthians 1:10-11).
This brief overview of should convince us that prayer changes things in a wide variety of contexts and for a wide variety of people. And God leads us to believe that the same thing can still happen – through you! He is still looking for men and women who, like Moses, will pick up the staff of prayer, who will listen to Him, and then come with bold prayers, expecting things to change as they do. Will we pick up that staff of prayer today?
Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers. (Philemon v. 22)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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