Prayer is the solution to our problems because it has the power to shift our circumstances when we pray with faith.
Many times I’ve found myself praying for God to turn a situation around or to transform someone’s life, but can I be honest? I may not always believe that the situation will get better or that the person I’m praying for will change. I found myself praying out of obligation because I know that’s what I’m supposed to do, but God showed me during my time with Him that my prayers lacked faith.
I’ve learned that it’s not enough to pray—We need to BELIEVE in our prayers. Doubt will always arise, so we need to be ready to stand firm in faith and believe that God is able to answer our prayers. When we remember the God who answers our prayers, no fear can quench our faith. Jesus tells us clearly that when we pray, we are to believe we have received it and it will be ours (Mark 11:24).
God hears the prayers of those who trust Him and believe that HE IS ABLE to answer their prayers. Our words alone do nothing in our prayers if it is not backed with faith.
In 1 Chronicles 5 we see that God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into the hands of the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh because they cried out to Him during battle. 1 Chronicles 5:20 says, “They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.”
Let us be ones that trust God is able to do the impossible and that our prayer is not left unheard. God does hear and move by our prayers. We can do things in our own strength, but it’s prayer that invites God’s mighty hand to bring actual breakthroughs in our circumstances.
Our victory starts with prayer.
Our victory in the battle with anxiety starts with prayer AND trusting God with our prayers. God reminds us to not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, presenting our requests to God (Philippians 4:6). God promises that as we turn our anxieties into prayer, His peace will Guide us (Philippians 4:7). The key is that we place our trust in God and believe that He is for our good. As long as we are in right standing with God, we can depend on His faithfulness. Psalm 18:25 says, “To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless.”
Our victory in the battle with temptation starts with prayer. Prayer is our weapon to overcome temptations. Jesus teaches us how we should pray in Matthew 6 and includes, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”(Matthew 6:13). He also tells us in Luke 21:36, “…pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
These 2 verses show us that we NEED to pray for God’s strength to overcome temptations. Jesus doesn’t suggest that we pray for God to deliver us from the enemy’s schemes— He commands we pray always to be found worthy before His sight. Temptation is the enemy’s tactic to cause us to turn away from God, but as we fix our eyes on Jesus and position our hearts unto Him through prayer, our temptations no longer become temptations.
Will you press into prayer with faith and believe in the impossible? Will you press into prayer to help you overcome the battle with anxiety or temptation?
God is the only one who can help us overcome our battles, but we must believe in His power. So remember, pray with faith and believe that God will make a way.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for always hearing our cries and answering our prayers in times of trouble. Help us to understand that we must not only pray, but we must pray with faith because our faith and prayer have the power to move mountains.
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