Prayer changes things, not least of all, our hearts. The word “pray” appears in the Bible more than 300 times. I think God is trying to tell us something; don’t you? If God knows everything that will ever happen, why should we pray? First of all, the Lord has commanded us repeatedly to pray and the Bible promises results. This is really the only reason for doing anything. God commands it; we should do it in obedience to Him. We should be committed and submitted to His Words.
The Basis of Prayer
But prayer and reading the Bible are the cornerstones of the Bible, beginning in the beginning, in the book of Genesis. The Bible tells of Adam and Eve talking to God in the garden. It’s the first recording of prayer. Prayer changes things, sometimes seemingly for the worst. In this instance, Adam and Eve were called to account for their actions and punished accordingly, but all this, just like all the rest had its place in the whole of God’s plan. When we sin, we must be accountable and punished. God’s plan from the beginning was Jesus as Savior, and Adam and Eve were the first to need it, but in no way the last.
Prayer changes things every day, every time we pray; although, it is not always noticeable. Sometimes we pray for ordinary things, like safe travel, or to find some lost article. If I bow my head every time I do something, I can feel God’s blessing and He does indeed help me. This is basic Bible truth. In circumstances where I feel afraid, like in a strong storm, and circumstances I don’t think I need His help, such as in writing a devotional. Acknowledge God whenever you can and praise Him for everything He provides. Don’t call answered prayer coincidence, but acknowledge prayer changes things.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).
Prayers of the Desperate
Over and over the New Testament records the healings and other miracles of Jesus at the behest of the desperate and hopeless. Prayer changes things for those who have no hope. Jesus, when asked, raised the dead, healed the lepers, and even pardoned sin.
Prayer changes things for us. The most important prayer of all is the prayer of salvation. Then He will raise you from the dead. When you come to the place of no hope and have nothing left; then you cry out to Jesus and are restored. Throughout the Old Testament the Israelites are taken into captivity over and over because of their own actions, and over and over when they cry to the Lord for help, He delivers them. Prayer changes things because God wants to show His glory and love toward us. It is doubtful that any human would repeatedly save as God does. That’s why we need Him.
Prayers of Restoration
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way (Isaiah 53:6
Everyone has sinned and needs restoration. Jesus came to provide that for you, as was the plan from the beginning of time, because God knows all that will ever happen. If that is so, and it is, why pray? Prayer changes things, not the least of which is our hearts. Prayer is for us, to strengthen our faith, and already interwoven in God’s plan. He knows what we will do, before we do it, so the answers to these prayers have been heard and acted upon long before we were ever born. That might tax our brains. But really we should not exert ourselves too much trying to understand all that He does and is. We call, He answers. Thank God He answers.
Lord, help us to see how very much we need You, for the air we breathe and our lives and for changing our hearts as You alone can do. Let our lives be filled with prayer every hour of every day. Let’s us always lift up our eyes to You, Oh Lord. Thanks and praise be to You, in Jesus’ name. Amen