Prayer Changes Lives
by Janice Keats
It seems that faith sharing hasn’t gotten any easier over the years. Perhaps it is because of the ever-growing battle that we are up against. Many people are not interested perhaps but God’s power is still available to change lives. We alone do not have the ability or the power to change people’s hearts and minds but we can prayerfully intercede on behalf of others. God is attentive to the prayers of the righteous.
Roman 1:16 says:
“The Gospel is the power of God for the Salvation of everyone who believes.”
How good it is to spend private moments with God, especially when you are in complete stillness with Him. God expects His children to faithfully offer prayers and petitions. God is not only an answering prayer God, He is our most trusted friend, and He loves and disciplines us as His dearly loved children.
Our faith may weaken sometimes, but our prayers have great worth because God hears us. We must persevere in prayer so that we do not lose heart.
And in the book of Colossians we learn that we are to be devoted to prayer.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).
When we pray we ought to believe and not doubt.
“Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).
As difficult as it may seem sometimes, we must not allow our faith to waiver, but to continue in Him and encourage one another under all circumstances.
Ephesians 6:18 says:
“And pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
When Jesus walked among men, he would often spend time alone with God. He prayed for His disciples, He prayed for all believers, and He prayed for Himself. Sharing the ‘good news’ continues to be challenging, but we ought to recognize the opportunities that God places before us to share His amazing love and plan of Salvation.
Christian witnessing has the power to influence but God’s Word has the power to save.
Let’s continue to pray our heartfelt concerns. He is mighty to deliver and lift our burdens. Let us not be afraid to tell people that we are praying for them. We can do our job by allowing God to do His!
Thoughts to ponder:
Have you ever received an answer to pray almost immediately? Were you surprised?
Do you know of someone who has been praying the same prayer for years before it was answered? Describe that person’s faith.
Janice is a freelance writer, and speaker. Her passion is developing and teaching workshops on various Biblical Studies, and planning ladies night out events. She is a certified lay Pastoral Counsellor and is presently employed in ministry. She has had several articles published in various local, provincial and national newspapers.
She is the author of, Poems of Inspiration and Occasion and, A Journey to the Heart of Evangelism. Future works include a devotional book and an audio book of her poems. She is married with three grown children, all of whom are accomplished musicians. Her twin daughters, known as The Keats, are country singers and her son is a recording engineer. Janice Keats; http://themasterspath.wordpress.com/