My husband once brought me a t-shirt with the words “Never underestimate a woman with a prayer and a plan.” I like that because when we pray, no matter who we are when we get a revelation from heaven on our situation, we are far more powerful than we think. As I say, “I’m bigger on the inside than the outside”.
Andrew Murray once said, “The man (or woman –my addition) who mobilises the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelisation in history.”
God’s word is full of His promises regarding prayer. Here are some to encourage you today.
James 5:16-18 declares, “…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.
Jesus said, “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).
Psalm 107:28-30 says, “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.”
Matthew 7:7 states, “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 21:22 “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it”.
When the world looks like it is going a little crazy, and solutions seem few and far between, that is the time to pray and seek God’s face for the answers.
It’s also really important to understand that if the devil can keep you from praying and believing in the power and effectiveness of your prayers, he will. He will put pressure on, remind you of your failings, and try to deceive, cheat and lie to convince you that you don’t have time to pray or try to cause you to wonder if it works anyway.
But a constant attitude of prayer will bring you into a place of supernatural protection, deliverance, comfort and communion with God. “It clears the vision; steadies the nerves; stiffens the purpose, and sweetens and strengthens the spirit.” (S.D. Gordon)
When asked how much time he spent in prayer, George Mueller, who received astonishing answers to prayer, replied, “Hours every day. But I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk and when I lie down and when I arise. And the answers are always coming.”
Jesus said pray, and to pray without ceasing. (Matthew 6:9-13) He prayed, He taught his disciples to pray, and wherever and whenever people have determined in their hearts to pray in faith and according to God’s word, amazing things have happened.
Don’t get too busy, distracted or stressed to pray today; take the time to seek God, check the attitude of your heart, pray His word, and believe that He will and is working to deliver and answer your prayers.
Prayer: Lord, I bring my request and concerns of ……………………………….. to you in prayer and thank you for the answer. In Jesus name Amen.