Prayer is an amazing thing.
It can be short and sweet or elaborate in length and detail. It can be small and trivial (like scoring well on a test) or something of big importance (like seeking a medical miracle or positive health results). It can be overwhelming if it has been a while since you’ve last prayed or intimidating if you have never prayed before. It can be as easy and simple as having a conversation with your best friend or it can bring you anxiety if you don’t know what to say, how to say it, or when to say anything at all.
Wherever you are in your season of life or walk with the Lord and whatever you believe about God or about prayer, there is one thing for certain – prayer is very real and full of tremendous power.
Like I said, it is an amazing thing.
I’ve had many prayers answered and I’ve also had many prayers not answered. Or at least, the prayers were answered in a way I did not hope for, appreciate or acknowledge. I was always one who was good at personal prayer but struggled with praying aloud or in a public setting. Unfortunately, this has held me back from many wonderful opportunities of both fellowship and community.
But – I have come a long way, which is why I felt compelled to write about prayer.
I recently sought out prayer from both my small group and community group. It wasn’t for anything big or major but rather for something that I knew I was struggling with and wanted to conquer. I asked these women if they could pray for me, specifically to overcome anxiety, but also for closure, peace and progress.
In the days leading up to the prayer request, I could sense the enemy closing in and attempting to invade my soul. [See last week’s post titled, “Relentless.”] Still, I persevered and trusted God would not just get me through this tough time but would also strengthen me to fight this monster once and for all.
As the week passed by, little by little I could feel something going on within me. It was a strange, unfamiliar feeling of calmness and stillness. Almost as if my soul was being drown by a tidal wave of peace, I felt overcome and like the anxiety had been washed away. Day by day, I received numerous text messages and emails from my group of powerful prayer warriors and each time I responded I felt like I couldn’t do [what I was feeling] any justice. Yet, when I was able to physically be present with these women they could both see and feel the Lord at work within me. Their prayers had not just worked but had also crushed the enemy’s competition.
This wasn’t the first time I had experienced this type of praise due to persistent prayer but it was one of the few times I was able to witness the power of prayer personally. It was such a remarkable reminder to me to take heart, have faith, and never give up because God hears and He can respond.
“Nothing is impossible for God!” ~ Luke 1:37 (CEV)
Friends, there is power in prayer!
There is a powerful transformation that can occur in our soul while stirring a desire in our hearts to seek more of the good stuff (i.e. God). Prayer is an intimate action that directly puts us in communication with our Father. It is an invitation to engage in open dialogue rather than a monologue. It is how we grow closer to our Creator, deeper in our faith, and stronger as a follower of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Seeking prayer from others as well as praying for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ is how God designed us to live.
Prayer is not dependent on circumstance and there isn’t a right or wrong way to pray. Likewise, there isn’t a guarantee that our prayers will always be answered. In fact, sometimes they are denied. Knowing that, we shouldn’t pray with any motive but should pray with intention and purpose. This brings glory to God!
I wanted to keep this post short in hopes that you would be willing to share a personal prayer-filled experience in the comments section below. I truly believe that prayer makes all of the difference in our lives and in the world, especially when prayer is fulfilled during times of severe pain and strife.
Through prayer and an authentic relationship with the Lord, we are gifted an unshakable hope and unexplainable peace. We can have both courage and confidence to endure and persevere through whatever it is we are experiencing. It is with this type of faith that we can strive for what’s to come – eternal life full of beautiful promise.
“We are certain that God will hear our prayers when we ask for what pleases Him. And if we know that God listens when we pray, we are sure that our prayers have already been answered.” ~ 1 John 5:14-15 (CEV)
“Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God’s people.” ~ Ephesians 6:18 (CEV)
“You should pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
help us to honor
Come and set up
so that everyone on earth
will obey You,
as You are obeyed
Give us our food for today.
Forgive us for doing wrong,
as we forgive others.
Keep us from being tempted
and protect us from evil.” ~ Matthew 6:9-13 (CEV)