What Prayer IS – Powerful

Have you ever had someone pray for you?

Recently a friend of mine was going through a hard time and I honestly had no idea. She told a group of us her struggles and what she’s been thinking and feeling over the last few weeks. She was so overwhelmed with shame that she could barely look us in the eyes. My heart broke for her as she shared what she was going through. After she was done pouring out her heart, we gathered around and prayed for her. We asked the Lord to heal her and guard her heart and her mind in Christ Jesus. We trusted that God would be present with her in times of temptation and would give her the courage to rise above the situation.

In that moment, though no outward change took place, but she was absolutely changed.

Throughout the Bible there are stories upon stories of people who were healed because of prayer. Plagues were stopped, armies were defeated, and victories were secured all because of the prayers of a righteous man or woman.

It’s so easy to think that those stories are only applicable to characters in the Bible who lived thousands of years ago, but that’s just not true. The God who answered prayers centuries ago, is the same one who answers your prayers today {tweet this}.

I encourage you today to reach out to a group of trusted friends and pray with them. Ask for each other’s prayer requests and pray for each other in the moment. Whether you do this over phone, in person, or over text, pray together and see the power of prayer in your life today.

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” 

James 5:13-16 (NIV)


 

If you don’t have a prayer journal, you can download one at sarahjcallen.com/prayer

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