THE POWER OF ONE PRAYER
How easy it is for us to think that our prayers really don’t matter. Does God really hear my prayers? Why would the creator of the Universe take time to care about what I think or say? There are a lot more pressing issues out there. Yet, the Bible tells us just the opposite …
God used the most unlikely people to accomplish His work. They were not always the bold and the beautiful … often they were very average people (business owner, farmer, mom, fisherman) and sometimes they were people who were not looked upon very highly (tax collectors and prostitutes).
Remember God doesn’t look at your outward appearance, your financial statement, number of likes on Facebook or followers on Twitter, He looks at your heart! (1 Samuel 16:7)
From Genesis to Revelation, God uses prayer to accomplish his work. Why exactly He chooses prayer, I have a few thoughts about that, but we’ll have to ask Him once we get to heaven. The point is, He uses prayer!
He used the prayers of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Esther, Nehemiah, Paul, Jesus and the list goes on. Their prayers changed the world and impacted millions for God’s glory.
One prayer can make a difference because we know that one change in circumstance has a ripple effect that we cannot always see or comprehend. Our lack of prayer can also have a ripple effect in a negative way.
A friend of mine, sensed God calling her to pray during a cruise vacation. She didn’t know who, what or why but she obediently chose to spend time on her vacation in prayer. For a period of time for three days, she prayed fervently for someone and something that she didn’t understand. As she prayed the burden became strong, emotional and persistent. She later found out that a man who she and her husband dined with, throughout the trip, was trying to throw himself off the ship to commit suicide, for those same three days … he told them that something was holding him back!
There are some things that only you know about, that only you understand and only you have the passion for which to pray. There are some prayers that God is waiting for you to ask. Be careful that your pride or humility does not keep you from obedience in prayer. Someone needs your prayer. Some situation needs your prayer. As Samuel said, “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you…” (1 Samuel 12:23)
We are not called to pray about everything but we are all called to pray about some things.
Your prayers matter.
Be Bold. Pray the One Prayer!