(Today’s devotional is the latest Faith in Focus article I have written for our local community newspaper).
“So Jesus answered and said, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:22-24).
It has the power to transform and change circumstances, give peace and perseverance in the midst of trials, and bring hope, healing and restoration to people’s lives. Christians do it. Old people do it, and young people do it. I would daresay that at one time or another, every person on the earth has done it. What am I talking about? Prayer.
What is prayer? More than just meditating and connecting with the cosmic consciousness of the universe (whatever that means), prayer is talking to a person – God. Author Andrew Murray says, “The knowledge of God’s Father-love is the first and simplest, but also the last and highest lesson in the school of prayer. Prayer begins in a personal relationship with the living God.” In other words, God is our loving Heavenly Father and we are His children, and He delights to hear and answer our prayers.
The Bible tells us that we can boldly approach God’s throne of grace in prayer to find help in our times of trouble. He is listening, and He answers prayer! Prayer is not just something we do out of a religious duty – it really changes things.
If that’s true, then why don’t people pray more than they do? And when they do pray, why don’t they see more answers to their prayers? Maybe they simply don’t know how to pray. On Sunday mornings in May at Beausejour Community Church we are learning how to pray powerful prayers that move Heaven. God answers prayer!
To listen to this audio message, please go to www.beausejourchurch.ca and click on downloads.