As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. – Exodus 17:11-12
Sometimes prayer just doesn’t make sense, does it? Perhaps most the time it doesn’t. When we are told that it’s the most powerful thing we can do, we really wonder if that is true. Sometimes we don’t experience clear answers to our prayers and think we may have wasted time talking to God about it. We especially feel this way when we are praying for bigger things like the economy and other nations. We can’t imagine how our little prayer will help in any way.
Praying is connecting to kingdom power. Our prayers are making a huge difference in the kingdom. Throughout Scripture, it is evident that prayer does amazing things. How about when Elijah prayed for God to accept his sacrifice when the worshipers of Baal couldn’t get a response from their god (1 Kings 18)? Moses prayed for the people repeatedly that God wouldn’t destroy them because of their sin against him (Numbers 11). People were praying for Peter in Acts 12, and an angel came and released him from prison. No one was more shocked that something happened than those who were praying.
I recently came across a sign that read “Much Prayer, Much Power, Little Prayer, Little Power, No Prayer, No Power.” It’s kind of like that saying, “If you don’t expect much, you won’t get much.” We base our actions on facts. The fact is that prayer is powerful. Why else would Satan fight it so much? He knows the power.
Pray knowing that things are happening. Not one prayer is wasted. Don’t wait until you reach heaven and then wish you would have prayed more during your life.
Prayer: Lord, you have shown us through the Bible that prayer makes a difference. I pray that I can live out that truth and stand steadfast on your promises. Amen
Faith Tip: Today make prayer an absolute in all you do. See the difference it will make in your life.