Forgiveness, success, guidance, leadership, protection, personal relationship with Christ, struggles, the body of Christ, thankfulness, opportunity, family, ministry, work, resistance of temptation, school, a focused heart, friends...Does prayer change any of this?
Whether we are faced with poverty or granted success...Whether we are seeking an answer to the many questions and curiosities of life or oddly resting comfortably with the confidence in those we have already obtained ourselves...Whether faced with a situation that requires immediate action or one we flee from...
Where do you, I, we start? Do we start with OURSELVES by turning to selfish desires, addiction, gossip, anxiety, "planning", obtaining more things, worshipping other gods OR do we start with GOD in PRAYER? Can we find the power and effectiveness of PRAYER or are we so satisfied with containing its ability to that which only our mind can understand, our heart can desire, and our hands can build. Do we know the power of prayer or is it something we can control, manipulate, and influence for a favored outcome?
Comfortable in life style, a dedicated leader, wise and powerful...Nehemiah was faced with distress upon returning to Jerusalem. When rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, he was faced with great opposition...his response was PRAYER. "When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven" (Neh. 1:4). Nehemiah recognized God's holiness and the power in PRAYER, confessed his short comings, and asked for guidance. The result...a heart prepared to allow God to accomplish great things through Nehemiah.
"My soul is overwhelmed and sorrowful to the point of death...Father, if it is at all possible, may this cup be taken from me. Not as I will, but as you will" (Matt. 26: 38-39). Jesus Christ the Son of God was burdened, He was hurt, He was seeking relief from a specific situation...His response was PRAYER. "He fell with his face to the ground and prayed..." (Matt. 26 :39). What a powerful example of PRAYER that Jesus Christ found it noteworthy, to say the least, to begin with PRAYER.
Walking around an empty piece of land praying one year, with hope and vision for something to be built the next year, plans and blueprints being developed another year. The following year...a building stood overlooking the once empty land of the New Life Church of Los Guido, also known as La Finca. A multiuse building that has already begun to be used as a tool to share the love of Christ and Word of God with kids, families, moms and dads. It's a place of hope, acceptance, and peace through Jesus Christ. The power of prayer couldn't be more tangible than this.
May we understand the power of PRAYER, through Jesus Christ, it was intended to have and not only that which we make it out to be. PRAYER is a powerful tool waiting to be harnessed! PRAYER prepares our hearts! And PRAYER displays the glory of God in and through our lives!
"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (Jas. 5:16). AND "What nation [sinner, person, individual] is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we PRAY to him?" (Dt . 4:7)