I’m Praying! Can You Hear Me?
Posted on January 8, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
September 15 –
“Dear Lord… I pray for my sister, she found something weird on her skin and she’s going to the doctor’s office tomorrow. I pray that it’s nothing very serious. Love, Cynthia”
September 20 –
“Heavenly Father, it’s me, Cynthia. I want to keep praying for my sister – the doctors said that she is very sick and needs to undergo some intense treatment. I pray that you take this illness away from her and heal her body. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
October 5 –
“Oh precious God, my sister is getting sicker and sicker! The doctors seem discouraged and our family is losing hope. I don’t get it – I pray every day for my sister, but it seems like my prayers don’t even matter at all. Are you hearing my voice, Lord? It’s me – Cynthia!”
Have you ever felt like Cynthia – a woman who prays regularly but loses heart because she feels as if her prayers are inconsequential? Have you ever wondered if your prayers are even making it from your lips to God’s ears?
Prayer can be one of those things where believers need to remember that the holy, unchanging, and eternal Word of God has more validity than the impermanent and undependable feelings of humans.
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16b
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” – Jeremiah 29:11
The Bible is very clear about the topic of prayer – it’s constantly urging us to pray for ourselves and others and it tells us that our prayers are significant and important to God.
“Prayer is amazing! Prayer is a powerful spiritual weapon. Through Christ, prayer gives us access to the most powerful, loving, relational being in the entire universe. I think God uses our prayers to accomplish His work like He uses the sun and rain to feed the plants or the ocean currents and wind to make the weather systems … Andrew Murray says that prayer is like a spiritual pipeline that we lay between the overflowing goodness of God and those for whom we pray. Have you ever thought about prayer in those concrete terms? When you pray, you are doing spiritual work. You are accomplishing a purpose. If you are in Christ, your prayers affect change in this material world.” – Jennifer Case Cortez
Not only can your prayer “affect change in this material world,” but it is the way your heart can grow closer to the Lord. Think about it – is it possible to have a relationship with someone that you never talk to? Of course not! But what if you’re constantly reading the writings of said individual? Well, that’s amazing – but if you never communicate with the person, then isn’t it quite possible that your relationship with them may be no more than that of a fan? Let’s never forget how vital a part of our spiritual life prayer is, and may we never dismiss its power!
Written by Erin Culleny: Erin Culleny served for four years as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!
Think About This: God waits for you to communicate with Him. You have instant, direct access to God. God loves mankind so much, and in a very special sense His children, that He has made Himself available to you at all times. – Wesley L. Duewel
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. -2 Peter 1:5-8(NIV)
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