Prayer [mandy]

I accepted Christ at the age of 4. Salvation changed my whole life, but oftentimes, I thought God could not or would not hear my prayers. I think a lot of people feel like this from time to time: My prayers are bouncing off the ceiling.

But God does hear my prayers. He hears yours too. I don’t understand the in’s and out’s of God hearing some peoples’ prayers and not others. I think people used to say that God doesn’t hear you if you have unconfessed prayers, but I don’t know that I believe that. Do you?

I remember something C. S. Lewis wrote in his satire The Screwtape Letters. He said, “Never doubt for an instant the efficacy of prayer.”

So I pray for my husband while he works everyday. I pray to God to please, please turn the lives of my family around. I pray that He’ll make me more like Him, because I don’t feel at all like Christ. I pray everyday–or, try to. And my prayers are very often the same day in and day out. It can be frustrating, exhausting. But God said the prayers of His saints are precious, so I keep on doing it. Prayer works. It matters. Somehow, God changes things because of it, (and sometimes not).

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2 thoughts on “Prayer [mandy]

  1. I think one other thing about prayer (and salvation) that’s important (and encouraging) to remember is that Jesus Himself daily, ceaselessly intercedes to the Father on our behalf:

    “The former priests existed in great numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He LIVES to make intercession for them” [from Hebrews 7].

    That God would have such grace as to hear our prayers is incredible; that He would have such grace as to pray for us Himself: THAT is near-unfathomably beautiful.

  2. That is so well said, Jake. I agree absolutely. We are blessed beyond measure and beyond comprehension. I hope that as I grow in Christ, I will learn this truth more and more. Thank you for your words of encouragement and wisdom!

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