Are you the type of person that could be categorized as an impatient prayer? You know, someone who believes they should pray but if God doesn't answer in your timing then you take matter in your own hands... It is a common occurrence and I can honestly say that I fall into this group more often than not. I am asking God to give me a heart of faithful obedience in this area.
There is one group of Christians that my heart breaks for...It is the group that act as if prayer is really not as powerful as scripture says it is, and who would pray as a last resort.
I had an in depth conversation with a few friends the other day and they seemed really concerned that a pastor called them to pray over a certain attitude they had in regards to a strained relationship. In their mind, the pastor was not "taking their concern seriously" when he asked them to pray. They wanted a more concrete answer. They wanted justice.
As I spoke with this group, I realized that they were having trouble grasping the unbelievable power of prayer. They didn't think about the fact that circumstances change and God responds when we cry out to Him.
Paul and Silas were in prison with no apparent hope of escape. When I close my eyes and picture the scene, I can almost hear the hymns they sang and see the slight grin on their faces as they remembered that they had a secret weapon all along. They knew prayer works. For them, prayer was the most extreme action step. They knew God was on their side. They didn't just approach the throne of grace, they sprinted to it.
Don't use prayer as a last resort. Pray with anticipation and even when God doesn't answer right away, remember that He has an incredible plan. He can shatter your chains too.
Prayer for today: Lord, help me to remember how powerful you are. Give me the courage to wait and the confidence to praise in the face of adversity. Amen
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos.
You can find his blog here: www.ministrysauce.com