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Posted on 16 Jul 2015 11:55

THURSDAY JULY 16,2015

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Prayer Changes Things!

It is a fact that desperate people pray. They pray without thinking about it; they pray even if they are not sure who they’re praying to or if anyone out there is listening. People who are scared pray. So do people who go through divorce, have children that run away, or hear from a doctor that the lab results say the growth is malignant.

When we reach the limit of our resources, we pray instinctively, reflexively — like the way a man who is falling reaches out for something to grab. And you know what? It is not a bad thing to pray in a time of crisis.

One of the really good things about our God is that He is humble enough to accept people when they turn to Him in desperation, even when they have been ignoring Him for years.

Desperation prayers have been the beginning of spiritual life for many people. But by themselves such prayers are not sufficient to sustain spiritual life… and therein is the problem. Many of us fall into a pattern where the only times we pray are the times when we are prompted by crisis or pain; the rest of the time we rely on our own strength and cleverness. That says a lot about what we really believe regarding prayer.

In most ordinary moments we are not convinced that prayer really changes things. Many people believe that their prayers won’t change God’s actions, so they ask themselves what is the point of praying. But consider this:

In the eighth chapter of the book of Revelation, John describes a scene in heaven in which “there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” During that silence, an angel with a golden censer went to the altar and offered much incense, which is a representation of prayers arising from earth:

The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. – Revelations 8: 4(NIV)

In the next verses of that chapter comes great acts of judgment on the earth — indicated by rumbles of thunder, flashes of lightning, and great earthquakes. But what is most interesting to me is that these acts come in response to the prayers of the saints.

Usually we think of events on earth being interrupted because of actions taken in heaven. However, in Revelations 4, it is the other way around. All of heaven comes to a standstill. All the singing and praises of the heavenly hosts suddenly stop. Why? Because someone is praying. All of heaven stops so that the prayers of the saints — your prayers and mine, every one of them — can rise before God. They are heard. They matter. And you better know that since God hears He will act!

So pray, beloved, pray!

Your prayer and mine changes things!!!

God bless you is my prayer!

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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