HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO PRAY?

Men Praying

Some of my earliest memories as a new believer are of times when I  invited a few zealous friends over to my house for a prayer meeting.  I certainly STARTED my Christian experience committed to asking, seeking, and knocking.

Unfortunately, over the years unanswered prayer has eaten away at my faith. I HAVE experienced significant answers to prayer on many occasions, for which I am extremely grateful.  However, more often than I would like to admit, petitioning prayer and intercession have become something I do out of obedience to the scriptures and all too often my heart struggles to believe anything will change as a result of my prayers.

For about a year now, God has been challenging me on this.  I have been feeling the tug of the Holy Spirit, calling me to a deeper prayer life, whispering to my heart there is something more.

Recently I started praying about my prayer life.  Sounds funny, but for the first time in a long time, I can sense faith for God to answer prayer growing in my heart once again.

In order to strengthen this stirring, I have decided to also start reading about prayer.  Most recently I have found alot of encouragement from INTERCESSORY PRAYER: How God Can use Your Prayers to Move Heaven and Earth by Dutch Sheets

Reading this book has challenged me to ask a very important question that I realize I must be able to answer for myself with deep conviction and a strong biblical foundation:

DO MY PRAYERS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

It was startling to admit there has been a part of me that doesn’t really think my prayers do make a difference.  Here are some of the thoughts that have tripped me up:

  • God is sovereign and all powerful!  He knows what is best, and He will do what He wants to do, with or without me.
  • Often in my limited perspective and somewhat self-centered thinking, I pray for the wrong things anyway.
  • Even if I pray for the right things, God is going to do them whether I pray for them or not.

What do you think?  Does prayer make a difference in what takes place in the world around us?  I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe some scriptures that have helped you in answering these question.

 

 

One comment

  1. Good word Rick. I can’t wait to read the book! The more time I spend in prayer the more I realize God’s heart for his children. I love being able to talk to my father about the needs of my friends and family. And the other burdens that are heavy on my heart. But the most amazing part of intercessory prayer is that I am always encouraged afterwards. I know that it’s God’s heart that I be focused not on myself, but on others.
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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