I was raised in a Christian home with Christian morals and beliefs. Prayer was a daily practice and Church service was a continuous activity. But never did I really understand the Power of Prayer, until now.
Two years ago my life changed. I had a breakdown right before graduating college. I was lost, confused, overweight, stressed, and overwhelmed with my life. My anxiety skyrocketed as I came into the final months of my college career. From January 2015 to June 2015 I was planning a wedding, executing a fundraiser, completing my senior show, and trying to loose weight. As I sat in my car outside my apartment building I cried. I prayed, ” God, I need you. I. Can’t do this on my own. Please, help me.” Each day I turned to prayer, and He answered. And the power of prayer was revealed.
Then, I lost 50lbs, got an A on my senior show, completed the fundraiser, and had a beautiful wedding.
Flash forward to March 2016.
I moved away from home with my husband, in a new city, no more school, and a job not in my career path. Again I was lost. For weeks, I turned to prayer. Again, He answered.
I found a job I loved, I became closer to my in-laws, and I felt like I was accomplishing things.
In July of 2016, I had my first ever panic attack. My chest began to cave in, my sight went blurry, and I thought I was dying.
At this point, I knew the only thing I could turn to was God.
Prayer is a very powerful weapon. I am in the middle of reading a book called “Finding Victory When Healing Doesn’t Happen” By Randy Clark & Craig Miller. In this book, they talk about the power prayer has over the body and mind. They talk about healing.
Misconceptions about Prayer
You have to be religious to Pray
FALSE. Even if you aren’t sure God is out there, I dare you to close your eyes and just start talking. Seriously, talk about anything that’s on your mind. Try this once a day for a week for only a couple minutes. I bet it will help.
Prayer takes a long time
FALSE. Prayer is unique to each person. There is no particular time limit you need to spend to get your prayers answered. Sometimes I will pray at night for only a few minutes with my hubby and then sometimes I will pray for a half hour during the day. It all depends on you.
Prayer doesn’t really work
FALSE. It is all within the believer. Let me tell you another little story. When I was 19 and in my Sophomore year of college, I wanted to study abroad and see the world. In order to do so, I needed a BIG loan. A private loan. I prayed and I prayed that I would be approved. When I applied through a company, they told me NO. I was devastated. But what did I do? I picked myself up and prayed, “God, if you want me to go on this trip, please provide me the funds.” I applied to another loan service. And in disbelief, I was APPROVED. Now, my life is forever changed.
Prayer works, it might just take some time or a different route before you get an answer.
Prayer = Answers
When prayer is used as a weapon, it gets answers.
Matthew 21:22 is my favorite verse. It definitely pinpoints what prayer can do. It says,
And whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”
Here are some examples of prayer that the Lord has answered in my life:
Prayer. “God, I need to find a job that pays well and I don’t work weekends”
Answer. Got offered a job at a wonderful place with amazing pay, hardly any weekends, great coworkers, and where I was needed.
Prayer. “God, I need help losing weight.”
Answer. As I began to feel like I had a severe case of acid reflux, I gave up all foods that pertained to it. No deep fried foods, no chocolate, hardly any ice cream, and no alcohol. Weight just fell off.
Prayer. “God, please bless our finances.”
Answer. Saved over $3,000 in three months while tithing 10% or more!
Prayer. “God, please heal my stomach and digestive issues.”
Answer. No more stomach problems (I am gluten-free now, too!)
My point is, God answers. He really does. It may not be the next morning or even the next week, but He will provide and He promises to help.
Here are some of my favorite promises God has made:
Promise #1 Healing
Mark 5:34 “He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Promise #2 Provide
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Promise #3 Prosper
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
If you are ever in doubt, look to these verses. Also, close your eyes and pray, because prayer is a powerful weapon and it sure does work! My point is, God wants to heal us, He wants to provide for us, and He wants to see us happy. Trust me, a little believing can go a long way.
Do you have any prayers that God answered? I would love to hear from you and celebrate in his blessings!