“God works to accomplish that which only He can accomplish.”
Effective prayer brings change. It changes lives. It brings hope to the hopeless. It brings healing to broken and damaged lives. It mends marriages.
Answers to our prayers bring about the will and purpose of God. He uses us in prayer to make a difference. Our prayers impact not only our lives, but also the lives of those we pray for.
I’m realizing, though, that I don’t always trust and believe God to answer, not really. I trust him to hear and I ask him to answer. But do I really believe he can and that he will?
Scripture emphasizes a life of faith. Hebrews 11:6 teaches us that “without faith it’s impossible to please God.”
What does it mean to pray in faith?
When we pray in faith we trust God to work. We pray knowing he will answer our prayers his way, according to his purpose, and in his time.
We believe God, even when we do not see the answers to our prayers.
True as this is, expecting God to answer our prayers is also part of our faith walk.
Are we expecting him to intervene? We need to be careful that we’re not just being faithless by giving excuses to unanswered prayer. Not all unanswered prayers are the result of lack of faith. But some are.
Are we even aware when our prayers are answered and when our requests are met? At times, we can overlook God’s answers.
Answers to prayer not only bring about God’s purpose, but they give testimony to the working power of God.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear someone share an answer to prayer, it motivates me to pray more. It reminds me that God is working and accomplishing; that nothing is impossible with him.
Yes, we’re called to walk by faith and not by sight. It’s important to trust God even when we don’t see the answers to our prayers. But let’s expect him to answer and look to him for those answers.
Let’s trust God to work and to accomplish that which only he can accomplish.