Life At Its Best: The power of prayer
By By Jim Graff
Feb. 7, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 6, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.
Today, technology is pretty impressive. You can shop, watch movies or transfer money all from your phone. It's capable of doing powerful things, but its power is only experienced when you understand how to use it.
The same is true of prayer. It's the most powerful force on the planet. It's the avenue through which we allow God's strength to meet our circumstances. However, its effects are only experienced when we learn to tap into its power.
I once heard a story of a woman who was married to a businessman who didn't believe in Christ. She prayed for him every day for 30 years, believing his heart would change.
One day, he went on a business trip to Florida. Days later, she got terrible news that he'd been in a fatal car accident. After the funeral, one of the woman's friends came to express her sympathy.
She said she was sorry that her husband's heart never changed. The woman replied, "Who said that? I prayed every day that He would accept Christ. I believe he's in Heaven right now."
Two weeks later, the woman got a call from a man in Florida. He explained he was in his office one day when God told him to randomly walk out onto the freeway and hitchhike.
While he was waiting, the woman's husband drove by and picked him up. On that ride, he witnessed to her husband. The husband gave his life to Christ and told the man, "I can't wait to get back to my hotel room to call my wife and tell her the news."
The man told the woman who was now in tears, "Your husband might not have made it back to that hotel room, but he did make it to Heaven."
Wow, that's the power of prayer, and it's available to every one of us. But in order to experience that power, we must live committed to personal prayer.
Making prayer personal starts with discovering who God has promised to be to us. In the Bible, we're given a list of the names of God, including Jehovah-Rapha (Healer), Jehovah-Jireh (Provider) and Jehovah-Shalom (Peace).
Through those names and through the thousands of promises in His word, we see who He wants to be in our lives. Remind yourself and Him of who He said He'd be to you. Live with knowledge of what He can accomplish in your life.
Then, trust His power to fulfill His promise. If He said He'll be our healer, provider, and peace, we can be confident He'll do it. It might not happen right away, but if we'll continue praying and believing, even when it looks like nothing's happening, His promise will come to pass.
Remember that our reality isn't God's reality. There's always more going on than what we see. Let a commitment to personal prayer lead you into a life empowered by God's promises.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.