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HOW CAN ANSWERED PRAYER HELP US?

How Can Answered Prayer Help Us?

by Janis Cox

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I belong to a few prayer teams. We ask for specific requests and we pray. Sometimes it seems like NOTHING is happening. But we continue, day after day; week after week; and sometimes year after year.

Then we hear of an answered prayer and doesn’t the world just sing? Tweet this.

Our hearts are stirred and we know that prayer works.

Many prayer warriors get weary and discouraged. It only takes one answered prayer to give them that extra boost to soldier on.

Personally this year 2013 has seen many answered prayers. The most recent one happened last week to a friend. It seemed impossible that her husband could drink the 44 ounces of water required for an ultrasound. Just thinking about it upset my friend.

So we prayed. And I continued to pray that morning.

The joy on her face when she told me that truly her husband had had no problem ingesting that amount of liquid and holding it; and that she remained calm throughout the whole procedure – that made my heart sing.

That’s God at work.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7, NIV).

What are you experiencing in answered prayer? Can you share with us in the comments? And let us be encouraged to carry on in the battle. If you have written a post on answered prayer please write the URL in the comment section so we can come and read it.

Blessings to you, prayer warriors,

Janis

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.

DOES PRAYER REALLY WORK?

Does Prayer Really Work?

by Patricia Day 

Does Prayer Really Work?

“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8 NKJV).

A very dear friend of mine married recently.  A single Mom for a long time; she had suffered the gauntlet of loneliness and uncertainty, but during that time totally relied on God’s Grace and trusted in His Will for her life.  There were desolate times but the day came when God revealed a very special gentleman for her. This man is a deeply devout man of faith.  He places God first and foremost in his life, as she has always done.

It was a privilege to attend their wedding.  It was a day of great celebration, thanksgiving and prayers of thanks.

Her long wait is now a memory.  No more dreaming of wonderful things to come or for change – she is living her dream and her reality is good!  She put her trust in God and He gave her the desire of her heart.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17  NKJV).

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV).

God longs to give each of us the desires of our hearts, although of course, the dream will be different for each of us.  For example, we are not all intended to marry: we each have life skills to equip us for our specific callings.  Such great expectations are not given to us quickly either, sometimes our wait is so long that we think our dreams will never come true.

The important lesson is that we continue to persevere, to pray and trust God to reveal the right path in life for us, knowing it will be worthwhile.

It is when we are content to accept that His plans are best for us and we embrace all He wants for us, that He can transform our realities into dreams come true.  He is the One and only giver of all good things and trusting in His promises, we can all reach a happier place in life. We will find our dreams really can become our realities.

Prayer: 

Father God, when our lives are in turmoil or we are dwelling in the shadows of doubt, may we totally lean on You.  Please lead us along the pathway of life that You have planned for us.  Grant us the perseverance to await Your perfect Will for our lives, no matter how long it may take.  Make our reality a good place to be and let us rejoice in You always.  Amen.

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Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

PRAYING WITH DETERMINATION

Praying with Determination

by Jan Keats

What did Jesus tell us about the importance of prayer? In the beginning of Luke chapter 18, He instructs us to pray and never give up. He told his disciples about a parable of the persistent widow. She pleaded for justice to a judge who was neither God fearing nor compassionate toward man. Every time she went to him with her plea, the judge refused her.

But the woman was persistent; she wanted justice from her adversary, so she continued pleading with him. Finally, the judge became so bothered by her, he granted her justice.

As Jesus concluded this parable, he presented a deeper meaning. He referred to the judge as the unjust judge. The unjust judge refused to listen to the widow’s plea. He didn’t care about her need, or the situation she was in. But Jesus’ response differs, “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting him off?” (Luke 18:7 NIV)

Jesus promised that He would take care of His people. He will see to it that justice prevails. He hears the persistent cries of his children. How much more will Jesus respond to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night, than that of the unjust judge? Will Jesus refuse his chosen ones? Absolutely not! He Listens, He understands. He cares.

We know that Jesus longs to answer our prayers, but what about our role as followers? Luke 18:8 says,  “…when the son of man comes will He find faith on the earth?” In other words, do we honour the One who gives peace in the midst of our storms? Will He find us faithful when everything is going well in our lives? Our faith in Jesus counts for much in our relationship with him. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Without prayer and faith we are powerless to fight against the enemy of our souls.

Our faith in Christ is justified. Romans 4:25 says, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”  We have a living hope, peace and joy. We can live confidently that God is the Almighty. “Therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5: 1,2)