When We Pray…

Last week, I began earnestly praying for a situation that has caused me great anxiety over the last several months.

Every time it came to the forefront of my mind, I had pushed it away. I didn’t want to deal with it.

I wholeheartedly believe the Holy Spirit has interceded and lifted up my requests to God in the midst of stubbornness to address them. But I also know that me being able to speak the words is important to my dependence on God and healing.

This song came on the radio on Sunday and I heard it differently than I had before. There is so much power in prayer,  yet it’s easy to forget. Why would anything I say make a difference? Why does God care what I say?

But in fact, He does.

“But what if we could be a people on our knees
As one before the King
‘Cause we believe…”

A prayer I started praying was, “God, may (insert name) truly know you and learn from you and love others like you love him/her.”

I realized that this prayer applies to everyone I need to earnestly pray for. Not just people who aren’t Christians, but people who are a part of the community of believers, too. This is a prayer for me, my family, my spouse, my friend, my neighbor and the person I pass at the grocery store.

We all need Jesus.
We all need to know Jesus.
We all need to live radically like Jesus
We all need to talk to Him about what problems may seem impossible for our human minds to comprehend, let alone, solve.

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.” – Acts 12:5-6

Impossible? Not with God.

What do you need to start earnestly praying for? What relationship seems so broken that  you can’t imagine it ever being repaired? What life situation seems unlikely you will ever crawl out of? What dream do you want so badly that you would rather live in an alternate reality than face the risk it takes to get there?

“All the world starts changing
When the church starts praying
Strongholds start to break
Oh, when we pray
Prison walls start shaking
At the sound of praising
Nothing stays the same
Oh, when we pray
Oh, when we pray, oh”

 

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