There is power in prayer. Last week we shared that PRAYER is an act of FAITH based on our TRUST in the LORD. So why pray even when it seems hopeless? Prayer draws us closer to GOD, allows us to commune with Him and brings revelation of His grace in our lives.
The day of my first surgery was filled with many surprises. For one, I didn't know what to expect and neither did my family. I was blessed by the many, many family members who turned up to show their support and to pray. The surgery lasted 8 1/2 hours and throughout the length of the day, my mother and aunt met a lady whose daughter had been in the ICU on life support for quite some time. The doctors had told the mother that her daughter's case was hopeless, that she should disconnect her from the machine and prepare for the worst. My aunt decided to visit the young lady and begun to pray in the name of JESUS. She prayed in faith for the young woman to rise to live and not to die. She prayed fervently. The young lady rose to live. I received a call from her this summer and our families have kept in touch.
In Acts Chapter 12 the church is once again under persecution. Herod the king has already killed James the brother of John, and imprisoned Peter. The Bible says that, "Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church,"Acts 12:5. Peter was bound in two chains between two soldiers, with guards keeping watch before the prison door. An angel of the Lord was sent by God to deliver Peter from prison and set him free. When he appeared to the church members who had been praying for him, they were in disbelief. "But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of prison," Acts 12:17. Prayer changes things.
The Bible exhorts us to pray always:
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." Ephesians 6:18
Please share with us what prayer means to you and how GOD has acted on your behalf. Click on the comments link below to add your comments. We know that sometimes our prayers are answered based on what we want and sometimes they are answered differently to how we prayed, yet one truth remains:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28