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Faith Moment
June 13, 2011
Prayer Is Power

Do you ever wonder about the value of prayer? Do you wonder if there is really such a thing as a direct connection to Heaven? And if there is, does it make any difference on Earth? Christians are frequently and regularly admonished to pray. We use catch phrases, such as “I’ll keep you in my prayers” on an almost daily basis, but many still struggle with prayer in practical terms when we fail to see tangible results. We wonder if anything really changes because of our individual prayers.

The story is told of a young girl who had a serious illness and found herself facing death head on. She had a strong faith, and she wanted her remaining days to be meaningful. In the midst of her sickness, she went to her pastor and asked what she could do for Jesus in the short time she had to live. He suggested that she make a list of people in their small town who needed Christ and pray that they would find salvation. She took his advice and prayed often for each person on the list.

As time went by, God began to stir a revival in the village, and many people gave their hearts to the Lord. Months later, the young girl passed away. Her prayer list was found under her pillow. The names of fifty-six people from the village were written there, and every one had put their faith in Christ — the last one on the night before her death.

This is the power of definite, specific, fervent prayer. When we actively seek the Lord in prayer, He will answer. Scripture reminds us in James 5:16 that "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." Do not doubt the power of prayer in your life and in the lives of those for whom you pray. God has promised to hear and answer, and He will not fail.

With Love,
Mike

 

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