I’ve heard it SO many times as I’m sure you all have as well- “never underestimate the power of prayer”. I have seen this come to pass in so many ways. God providing His healing, His provisions and His blessings in many circumstances, not only in my life and the life of my family, but in friends, extended family, church family, etc.
When I was young, I was taught how to pray and the importance of prayer. As I’ve grown I have learned even more about it’s importance. I have also realized that prayers can be in many different forms. A short sentence, an entire long process, a song, a poem, pretty much anything you can imagine! I find it very easy to pray. It’s probably the easiest thing in my Christian life. I do it in the shower, in the car, with my kids, with my husband, even in the grocery store. I love being a part of prayer chains and reading prayer requests from friends on Facebook even! It’s been a blessing to be a part of the prayer text group for the upcoming Vicki Courtney retreat. Twice a day I get to read and recite a prayer that I know many other women are as well. So see what a blessing prayer can be and what power it has?
I have not only seen prayers answered, but I’ve experienced where God’s plan was not what I might have been praying for. I don’t think of it as an unanswered prayer though- God is answering the prayer but with His will, not mine. I’m not always happy about this, but through time I learn to accept it and then thank God for it.
Well what about when you pray for things over and over again and God has yet to answer that prayer? What if you’ve been praying for something- for a miracle, for a cure, for provisions and no conclusion has come? Do we stop praying? NO! Do we change our request? Maybe, take a look and maybe evaluate where your heart is and pray for guidance and direction in your request.
This is something that I am really trying to grasp and learn more about. I have a friend that her and her family have been praying over a certain circumstance, basically for a miracle! And movement is just not happening. I see the hurt they feel, the desperation in their hearts and I weep for them. I am weeping now, just typing about it. At times I know she is losing hope. But guess what? The praying has not stopped!!! Not from them or from anyone else that knows of their situation. We are praying unceasingly! Now I know that prayer will be answered in God’s timing and it will be His will. It actually may not be the answer my friends so desire, but thankfully they have a relationship with the Lord so they will get through it and they will always be able to give their testimony of how prayer has impacted their lives!
I always wonder how people that do not have a relationship with the Lord get through trials and often even make decisions. How would a non-believer get through something like my friend is going through. Well it has become a new goal of mine to pray for those who are struggling and don’t know where to turn. I know some of these people personally, but millions I do not and I still pray for them. Every single day I pray for them and that they would somehow in some way be directed to turn to God. I pray that one day I will see that prayer answered in some way. If not, that’s okay, I won’t stop. I will pray unceasingly!
So to wrap up, I would like to encourage you all to pray for those who don’t know Him, those who are struggling and don’t know where to turn. Pray for them to find the Lord!! I would also ask that you pray for my friend! Pray for her family! Pray for that miracle! That mountains will move and God’s will would be done in the situation! NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PRAYER!