Prayer Change Things

If you have been in a church before, you might have probably heard it said: “prayer changes things.”

The scripture says clearly why we should pray. No matter how hectic life may get, nothing could help us more than taking some time to talk to God and refocus on all he’s done and can do in our lives.

I am passionately in love with God because he listens to me. He hears my prayers and answers them. [2] As long as I live I’ll keep praying to him, for he stoops down to listen to my heart’s cry. – Psalm 116:1-2 TPT

When we come into a time of prayer, we transcend the confines of our physical reality to enter into the very real presence of God. The God of all creation, who has all power and authority and dominion over every created thing. This means that He actually has the power and authority to implement real, lasting, and even permanent change to the circumstances and reality of the world where we live.

Always be joyful. [17] Never stop praying. [18] Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT

Regardless of our geographical location, when we pray we enter into His throne room where He is ready and excited to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can think or ask. Not only does He have the ability, but He is ready and willing to do whatever is asked of Him that lines up with His character!

  • Hearts of kings and world leaders can and have been steered through prayer.
  • Nations can and will be healed and societies restored through prayer.
  • Principalities and powers of darkness are defeated by prayer and fasting.
  • Sicknesses of the soul and body can be healed through prayer.
  • Strongholds and footholds of the adversary Satan are cast down through prayer.
  • Marriages can be renewed and relationships restored through prayer.
  • Children’s hearts can be turned towards their parents, and parent’s hearts towards their children through prayer.
  • The heavens are shaken, the darkness is conquered, and the power of hell is overcome by prayer!As we pursue life purposes this year, we must remember that as co-creators with the Almighty God, let’s do it prayerfully and thoughtfully.Why? Because prayer changes things.

How does prayer change things?

1. Prayer calms my heart

There are struggles at your workplace, your education, with children, in marriage relationship and general lack of monetary resources. All these negative life challenges bring stress, anxiety, depression and brokenness.

The Bible verse below challenges our normal thinking. It reveals the most effective way to manage stress is through God’s way of gaining peace: grateful and humble prayer. Consider this prayerfully considering your situation.

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. [7] And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. – Philippians 4:6-7 AMP

When we think about all God has done in our lives already, it reminds us of God’s love and helps us believe the same can be true about our current circumstances.

The Psalms are full of great examples of grateful and humble prayers that calm our hearts. We can learn from them why prayer is important and how to have these kinds of prayers ourselves:

Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you! – Psalm 27:14 TPT

Petition with thanksgiving! God wants to hear our requests, but also wants us to see the ways he’s moved in our lives already. Decide to pray about what you’re genuinely grateful for and humbly tell God what you need.

2. Prayer helps me focus on purpose

The next morning Jesus woke up very early. He left the house while it was still dark and went to a place where he could be alone and pray. [36] Later, Simon and his friends went to look for Jesus. [37] They found him and said, “Everyone is looking for you!” [38] Jesus answered, “We should go to another place. We can go to other towns around here, and I can tell God’s message to those people too. That is why I came.” – Mark 1:35-38 ERV

The happenings of life are ever demanding our time such that people are falling away from living prayer committed lives. We blame it on our busy schedules as a reason for not praying. Jesus had a busy life. The Gospel describe Jesus as someone who was working from day to night. He constantly healed and taught those around him; he lived to love others.

How was Jesus able to do this? Prayer. The time he made to spend with God reinforced God’s purpose for his life. Jesus knew that he would be bombarded by the demands of the day and that only through prayer would he be able to see past the distractions.

Prayer takes away the distractions of life and gives us clarity about what God wants us to do (Proverbs 4:25). When we slow down and are honest with God, even during a walk to the bus stop or right before bed, he is able to show us who needs the most love and how we can respond.

3. Prayer does the impossible

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. [23] I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. [24] I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. – Mark 11:22-24 NLT

One of the reasons for praying often is because God can do the impossible. Jesus shared that our faith in God is what fuels us to lead powerful and inspiring lives.

Consider these two reasons that are essential for impossible prayers:

  1. Faith in God’s power (Jeremiah 32:27 NLT) – Prayer that isn’t limited by human possibilities or perspectives
  2. Faith in God’s care (Psalm 37:3-4) – Honesty in prayer because God wants to know my desires and dreams

We are often guilty of limiting God due to our past experiences and what seems possible to do. When things aren’t going our way, believing that God really cares becomes hard. It is easy to think because some of our prayers haven’t been answered in the past, that means God doesn’t care and that there’s no point in telling him what I desire. It is a lot easier to doubt and give up on God than to have faith in who he is and pray.

The Bible verses below confirm God’s desire to do amazing things in our lives despite what we have experienced in the past:

For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. – Psalm 84:11 NLT

“But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. [19] For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. – Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT

These scriptures describe God doing things never before done or seen. God enjoys making the impossible happen in our lives and the lives of those around us. Typically, it’s our unbelief that keeps us from actually seeing him do it (Matthew 13:58 NLT).

Next steps

God is calling all of us to change our view of prayer from a once a day, ritualistic activity to a part of a very active and all-encompassing relationship with God. Like any relationship, decide to talk to God throughout your day in creative ways.

How can we pray for you? Send you prayer request so that we can come alongside you in believing God for situation changing power of God.

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All Nations Community Church is Leeds is one of the few vibrant Churches in Leeds whose mission is to “help people Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose and Make a Difference. You are welcome to join us and experience God’s presence together, so go ahead and Plan A Visit.

 

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