The church that I belong to has a prayer chain and it stays busy. Our church is small yet there are always people in need of prayer. We all know people outside our churches who need prayer. It’s important that we lift these things before the Lord. I believe our prayers can and do change circumstances.
I have a friend who has the call of God on his life. At a young age he was lured away from the things of the Lord. He’s stuck, but I believe prayers are changing his circumstances and that he will soon be on the path of fulfilling God’s call on his life.
I have a long list of friends who need a healing touch from God. The needs include everything from a desperate need for relief from this wicked allergy season to some very serious life threatening illnesses or diseases. I believe God cares so deeply about all the things we face. I also believe that God is still in the healing business today. I have seen too many people who surprise doctors and nurses with complete healings to believe otherwise.
Most of you know I am a weather fanatic and I believe that God answers our prayers even about the weather. I have a relative who lived through an Oklahoma tornado that took her house and kept her safe. I believe that God can move storms, cause them to be less severe, and find ways to keep us safe in the midst of them.
Sometimes the storms we face are not weather related, but they are storms indeed. They might be financial, strained family relations, the loss of loved ones, discouragement or depression, or things breaking down and needing repairs. I believe God hears our prayers and if we are listening He will guide us to solutions. Some of God’s solutions might take a while because the problem didn’t occur overnight.
One of the things we have to understand about God is that His timing is not the same as ours. We pray and sometimes the solution or healing is instant…we all love those situations. It can be very difficult when God’s answers take time to come to us. Remember in the Bible when Daniel prayed the angel told him that the answer was sent right away but that the enemy held the angel up for twenty-one days before he received his answer. I believe the answer is on the way when we pray, sometimes we have to wait to receive it.
Sometimes when we pray for people who are facing surgery we hope that their healing comes so they won’t have to go through the surgery. I have seen God take away cancers and many other things for some people while others had to endure the surgery and subsequent treatments. In both cases, I believe God is at work as He guides the surgeon’s hands. I have prayed often for doctors and hospital staff. I believe in God’s healing power for quick recovery times. Doctors can still be amazed as God works to restore you.
I believe God hears our prayers. I also firmly believe that our prayers impact circumstances and change things both in the natural and the spiritual. Our prayers have the power to change anything through faith. I believe God is looking for people who believe in Him and call upon Him not only hoping but expecting God to be involved and to change the outcomes.
Some of you may think “expect” is too strong, but if we are God’s sons and daughters then we can ask our Father in heaven for whatever we need. Since He is my Daddy in heaven, I know He will answer me. Sometimes the answer is no, but when it comes to healing or the redemption of lost souls we are praying for what God wants. We are therefore forming an agreement with His perfect will. When our faith is connected with His will, His purposes will be accomplished here on earth.
I want to encourage you to become bolder in your prayers. Continually ask God to stir up your faith and expect that your Father in heaven will answer you. God wants to heal and restore sick bodies, He wants to touch our finances, His heart desire is to heal broken marriages, He wants to bring the prodigal child back home… God is looking for someone who will pray and believe He can still work in our lives. We have the power to change circumstances through prayer. Stir up your faith and pray because God is waiting to answer your prayers.
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