Change things!

November 27, 2009

The prayer of a godly person is powerful.
It makes things happen!
James 5:16

“Jesus called a little child over to him. He had the child stand among them. Jesus said, ‘what I’m about to tell you is true. You need to change and become like little children. If you don’t you will never enter the kingdom of heaven ’” Matthew 18:2-3

We adults know that God does not always answer our prayers the way we want him to, so many of us start to believe that he doesn’t answer them at all. However God always answers our prayers, he just has a bit more information than we do. God, who knows all things, answers our prayers in a way that first, brings glory to himself, and second, provides the best possible answer to our prayers. He goes beyond what we ask for and gives us what we need. “Even though you are evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7: 11

If you have not had specific answers to your prayers, perhaps it is because you have not been praying specifically enough. Or because you don’t believe God answers prayer. “Ask, and it will be given to you. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks will receive. He who searches will find. The door will be opened to the one who asks.” Matthew 7:7-8.

So change and become like a child again. Trust God’s word. He promises that he will always answer your prayer in a way that glorifies Himself and meets your needs.

Pray trustingly, pray specifically, and pray expectantly. If you need to, create a target to remind yourself to pray for a specific thing, place or person. And then look for results.

Keep a list or journal of answered prayers to remind you of his goodness. (The Israelites were told to remind and keep reminding themselves of God’s goodness.) And one more thing… teach these things to your children at every opportunity: “The prayer of a godly person is powerful. It makes things happen.” James 5: 16

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