Prayer changes things.
I hear those three words often and have read them over a dozen times on plaques hanging up in someone’s home. I know what the phrase means in context, yet I find myself falling short when it comes to putting it in practice. Prayer is our most powerful weapon against those we wage war against, but here I am admitting that I have struggled to pray in order to see change.
Sure, I pray over my food or when I’m about to lose my mind on the freeway. I pray when I’m gathered with fellow believers and when I need to see breakthrough in my life or the life of my family when an emergency arises. Yet, I have seen more and more that I have lacked the discipline to intercede for those around me whether they are friend or foe. I claim “prayer changes things” after I have prepared for it not to by writing out plans b, c, and d on paper.
Reality is that prayer truly changes things! Your words solidified in His Spirit have power! Power to move mountains, power to see healing, and the power to truly see change in your situation! You have a loved one who needs to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ? Pray! You don’t have to spend hours figuring out what method works best or what to do in order to win your son or daughter to the Lord. Pray and petition for the soul of your loved one. Pray every single day. Cry into the night, worship with your hands raised in declaration, and recognize that your prayers are heard by the one true God. His name is above every name and He goes on your behalf to fight against the darkness that tries to steal your joy, your peace, and the lives of your loved ones.
When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, He asked for the disciples to pray. However, instead of praying, the disciples fell asleep. While Jesus’ disciples slept, Jesus prayed for the cup to pass but He also prayed and interceded for those He loved. Jesus knew the power of prayer and spent His last moments before His arrest praying. I find it amazing that Jesus prayed for disciples that he knew were sleeping or close to betraying him three times. Yet, despite these things, Jesus prayed and illustrated the power of prayer not only for your own life but for the lives of others.
The Lord wants to hear from you. He wants to know your request. He wants to hear your hearts cry. We can often find ourselves like the disciples at the garden of Gethsemane... sleeping instead of seeking. If you need to see a miracle in your life or the life of a loved one, seek His face. Prayer truly brings change. You can try to manage the change on your own and manufacture it with your own hands or you can allow yourself to be molded, shaped, and discover through the process that God heard you from the very beginning because He is the beginning.
Take courage. Take heart. The Lord sees you, hears you, and He will move on your behalf.