Prayer changes things
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14&15
So, a few weeks ago, I had a dream. It wasn’t a good dream either. It was a dream about many of the most important people in my life. In my dream each person’s life was very different than in reality. Bad circumstances, bad surroundings and bad behavior. When I woke up, I felt sick and saddened until the realization came that it was only a dream. My next thoughts were maybe something bad was going to happen in the future, but then a sense of knowing hit me. As if to say, “Prayer changes things.” It was like instantly I could see that the people I have been praying for would have gone some different direction if I hadn’t been lifting them up and trusting their lives to God each day. It completely impacted me and even “woke me up” to the fact, that prayer does indeed change things. If you are a praying person, you really have no idea just how much your prayers are impacting those around you, but rest assured, they are making a world of difference.
I think most of us know and believe this, but if that is the case, why don’t we do more of it? I’m talking about spending more time interceding, not only for our loved ones, but even those we work with and events happening around the world. Do we really believe our prayers are that effective? Today’s key verse is proof that we can know that we have the petitions we bring before God. The things that He lays on our heart to pray for are the things He wants to accomplish through your prayers. They are His will to be done as we pray them out of the heavenly realm into this earth.
Jesus taught us this in His instruction for prayer. He told us to pray for God’s will to be done in this world just like it is in heaven. If it was going to happen without us praying for it, why would He tell us we need to pray this way and in this manner. In essence, Jesus taught us that when we pray God’s plans to be done here in this world, we are opening up the doorway from heaven to release His plan into this world. Otherwise, He wouldn’t need us to pray for it. The fact is that praying does change things. I know it and I’ve seen it. Now I want to live by it. I hope you will too. God knows it and that’s the way He set things up. Calling on God opens the door to bring His will from heaven to earth.
Today I want to encourage you to consider if you really do believe that prayer changes things. Next, consider how much time do you actually spend praying God’s plans into this world. Whether it’s for your family, your friends or missions around the world, take inventory of your prayer life today. Lastly, consider cutting out some unimportant activity each day that can be replaced with additional time interceding for those you love and God’s plans to come. I would also ask that you pray for our country and the election coming up. Tune into God’s agenda and let His will be done on earth just like it is in heaven.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 John 5:14-17