The Importance Of Prayer Part 3: Praying through Change
God moves through people. I heard a quote recently that I found funny: “Good luck is when God chooses to move anonymously.” Sometimes we do luck upon what we desire, but most of the time, God works through people. The people that you see that appear to be pillars of faith, trees of belief, and towers of holiness, but God assures us that they are people just like you.
The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working). Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have (with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours): and he prayed earnestly for it not to rain and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months. (James 5:17-18 AMP)
Elijah had emotions that he had to pray through. He had doubts and leaps of faith that he needed to make. But God was with him, and when he prayed for change, whether it was rain or no rain, change happened.
When you bring all your doubts and fears to God, you’ll find the reason to trust Him. And as you trust Him, you will draw closer to Him. Best of all, no one who draws closer to God can possibly remain unchanged.
Take a look at the “heroes” of the Bible. God specializes in making people into the opposite of what they once were. Abraham had no children, but God made him the Father of Many Nations. Gideon was a coward, but God made him one of the mightiest Generals of all time. David was the smallest most insignificant boy in all of Bethlehem, but God made him King. Peter was an uneducated fisherman, but God made him into the “Foundation” of the church. Saul persecuted Christians, but God made him into the encourager of the brethren. And there’s more than just these few!
The world loves to label people. This one’s ADHD; that one has OCD; he’s a control freak; she’s hereditarily obese. But none of these labels matter to God. He’s interested in making a change in you that makes those labels obsolete. The reason God loves to do this is because when he makes you into the opposite of what the world says you are, it proves that only He could do it!
So what change do you need to make? What doubts and fears do you have? Bring it all to God, and let Him prove to you the power of prayer to make change.