reaching2 Chronicles 7:14, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

This morning I’ve been spending time in my Bible studying on prayer.  It is stated over and over,

Prayer changes things and it changes me…

So often we seek out prayer as a last resort, rather than knowing it’s our greatest defense in any battle.  We spend hours worrying, strategizing, trying to come up with a plan.  We have to shift our thinking, we have to spend more time in God’s Word.  Every time something comes to our mind, we must learn to talk to God first.  Because I want you to see how exciting it is, when He answers, and when those answered prayers change us.

I think I know the Number 1 thing that keeps us from it.  Yep, I think I know.     The first thing we must do is BELIEVE that He hears and answers.  It’s our lack of belief.

unbelief

If you know my story, I was a stay-home Mom when my life fell apart several years back.  I had been married almost 25 years when my husband decided he wanted a divorce.  My husband was addicted to pornography and our marriage had been sinking for years.  I was caught up in an emotional affair with a man who counseled me. The relationship ended along with my marriage. I was a hot mess and had no clue how I would survive.

All I had known was being married. I had been married since I was nineteen years old. Though it wasn’t a healthy marriage, I guess I felt safe there, I was used to it. But inside I was miserable.

I saw no light at the end of the tunnel.

I felt because I had shamed Christ, He would not hear my prayers, nor restore my life. Along with the shame I felt from my sin, I had been very hurt by two men.  I felt hopeless. Life seemed hopeless.

I had prayed with countless women through the years.  I had seen God move mountains in the lives of friends and strangers.  But now I felt that it would be impossible for Him to come through for me.

When I didn’t have the strength to pray, when all I could do was cry, God was listening.

I had countless friends on their knees on my behalf, crying out to our Heavenly Father.  They did not cease in their prayers.  Day after day they cried out, believing that He was listening, believing that God moves mountains, that God would answer their prayers.

I was standing in my living room one day, and I was just at the end of my rope, when a verse came up on my phone…

After you’ve suffered a little while, the God of all grace will confirm, establish, strength, and RESTORE you…

My friends can I just tell you, that HE did.  He pulled me out of a horrible pit and He placed my feet upon the ROCK.  He HEARD the cries for help.  HE answered.

God provided the perfect job, the perfect friendships, finances, emotional health, and so much more. But more than all of that, He restored to me the joy of my salvation.  The storm drew me into a intimate relationship with Christ that I didn’t have before the storm.  He did the impossible in my life.

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He did the IMPOSSIBLE in my life

 

When we see the disciple’s praying in Acts chapter 1, they had just endured a horrible storm.  Jesus had died on the cross, and they had gone through the emotion of watching Him die.  But then He had risen from the dead, and ten days before this He had ascended into Heaven.

Now they were in the upper room praying, praying and praying some more.  They didn’t know what life would look like from that moment on, but they knew they had walked with Jesus, and they trusted that He would guide them, that He would hear and answer their prayers.  So for every need they remembered, they stopped what they were doing and prayed. They went to throne of God first…

In chapter 2, Peter stood in the crowd and preached one of the most famous messages.  They watched more than 3000 come to know Jesus that day.  They knew one thing for certain, the one thing that would cause all of their prayers to be heard and answered.

They believed that He did and would hear their prayers

They knew that much prayer = much power, and no prayer = no power.

They had walked and talked with Jesus, and even though what they witnessed was unbelievable to some, they believed and knew though He wasn’t physically with them any longer that He would guide them, He would speak to them through prayer.

Today we too have this privilege.  The old hymn, What A Friend We Have In Jesus

What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer. 

I don’t know what you’re praying about today, but I want to encourage you to go to God with every need.  He invites us to His throne.  He wants an intimate relationship with us.  He wants us to trust and believe that He is there and He hears us when we call.

Watching Him meet my every need has changed me.  It has drawn me into a deeper relationship with Christ.  My friends it’s really true…

Prayer Changes Things, and it changes me

I will see you back here next week, and until then, let’s spend time praying for one another, praying for our country, and praying for God to heal our unbelief.

Tammy

Reflect on: Psalm 130:5, I wait for the Lord, and in His Word I put my hope.

Romans 12:12, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Philippians 4:6, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.