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KJV).  Wonderfully, He “pricked up His   the presence of God with our requests
        ears” with the sensitivity of His love and   and expect God to check off all the boxes,
        He “heard them” in the strength of His   but God is more than a restaurant waiter
        affection. He has identified with us in   standing alongside to take our order. Our
        every aspect of our lives, and that’s why   time with God centers in our relationship
        we can come boldly to a Throne of grace   with Him, and when we quiet ourselves
        to obtain mercy and find grace to help in   before Him in prayer, we ourselves are
        time of need (Heb 4:16).              inwardly changed. Prayer is not pulling
                                              God to my will but rather the aligning
        Power to Address the Heart of         of my will to His.  Our minds and hearts
        Our Concerns                          will become attuned to see His perspec-

          It  has  been  said  that  “prayer  is  the   tive and to trust the faithfulness of His
        slender nerve that moves the muscles of   heart  and  the  tenderness  of  His  care.
        omnipotence,” for prayer activates the   Fear and uncertainty will dissipate as we
        power of God. The early Church was con-  appreciate His sovereign power and the
        vinced of its power, as seen in the crisis of   wonder of His purpose and will. Anxiety
        Acts 12. James had been killed and Peter   will give way to quiet trust, even as Paul
        had been arrested and was headed for the   wrote to the believers in Philippi, “Do
        same gruesome end. And so, “prayer was   not  be  anxious  about  anything  but  in
        made without ceasing of the church unto   everything by prayer and supplication
        God for him” (Act 12:5 KJV), and at the   with thanksgiving let your requests be
        critical hour, prison doors swung open.   made known to God,” and quickly added,
                                              “and the peace of God, which surpasses
          Centuries before, in the midst of a battle   all understanding, will guard your hearts
        and with the sun beginning to set, Joshua   and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Php 4:6-7
        spoke to the Lord regarding the extension   ESV). Amazingly, that was written from a
        of daylight so that the victory could be   Roman dungeon! Instead of panic, patient
        completed – and “the sun stood still.” The   waiting for God’s will to be unfolded will
        summation of the account is noteworthy:   become a reality as we bow before our
        “There has been no day like it before or   Lord and will no doubt confess that “His
        since, when the Lord heeded the voice of   ways are past finding out.” As one writer
        a man, for the Lord fought for Israel” (Jos   commented, “Prayer means letting God
        10:14 ESV). Prayer does change things!   be God.” 1
        Speak  with  Hannah,  Daniel,  Moses,
        David, Nehemiah, Samuel – so many of    Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers
        God’s people saw their needs met often   needs to be our prayer – that we might
        in extraordinary and unexpected ways.  “know what is the hope to which he has
                                              called you, what are the riches of his glori-
        Power to Experience Change            ous inheritance in the saints, and what is
        in Our Own Hearts                     the immeasurable greatness of his power
                                              toward us who believe” (Eph 1:18-19 ESV).
          Perhaps  most  importantly,  prayer’s   Christian, keep praying, for God is still on
        power produces change in us person-   the Throne!
        ally. Too often, prayer is considered to   ¹ Philip Yancey, Prayer: Does It Make Any
        be wasted time or a last resort when we   Difference? (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan,
        can’t figure out what to do. We rush into   2006), 296.

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