The last blog I wrote about prayer. This is a follow up commentary on the subject adding some thoughts about why we should pray. I have this material made up in a brochure that I can make available to you if you would like. Please respond with your comments and I will send you a copy of the brochure on prayer entitled, “Why Should We Pray?”
Study after study has shown that people who pray and believe have a better record of recovery from illness. There have been studies that show that even plants grow better when people pray over them. Prayer is not an act of desperation but a command of the scripture backed by a proven record of results.
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
Receive it! Everyday our minds are bombarded with millions of messages. We only take action on those that catch our attention and fit into our conscious desire to find answers to issues that impact our lives. When we engage we must follow up with belief.
Believe it! When we begin to consider the things that influence us we move toward the process of internalizing the belief in those things with the hope that they can help us build a better comfort zone of existence. We follow up by working to live life to the full!
Living it to the full! “I am come that you might have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) There must be consideration for life itself. Do you just happen to be here or are you here because God put you here for a reason and cares for you on a personal basis? If your answer to that question is yes, then you will grasp the idea that prayer changes things.
- Prayer Changes Things—We know that prayer changes things because things change when people pray. The answers are not always what we want to hear but the results are always impacted when people pray for outcomes. Study after study has shown that things happen when people pray. Prayer connects the known with the unknown and the witness of the results becomes real.
- God grows things—It is interesting that in all of the productivity of the human race we have no capacity to either grow or heal what we touch. There is a power beyond ourselves that takes the seed we plant and the incision that is stapled by the doctor and makes it all respond to its normal state of being. The seeds grow and the incision heals because God grows things and heals the body of the patient. (John 4)
- Man manages the things God grows—We are the stewards of what God has created and we are here to give compassion and care to all who have need. God has given us the grand task of overseeing all that he has created.
When the hand of the doctor is finished with his work, the power of God takes over to make sure that work is not in vain. It is the unseen hand of God that heals the wound of those in need. It is God who seeks to heal and save those he has created. He preserves them to live life according to his purpose. If God does not grow and heal things they die.
Healing is not for our convenience Healing is to encourage our commitment to life and its God given purposes. Healing will make you feel good, but only if you tune your life to the way God has intended you to live will you become all that God created you to be.
“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is any one happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:13-16
As we look back on the history of our country and the history of families you will find that every act of progress and healing throughout history is someone’s answer to prayer.
“Be joyful always; pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18