Power of Prayer: How Prayer Changed My Life

 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.

How the Power of Prayer Changed my Life - The Witty Wife

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.

How the Power of Prayer Changed my Life - The Witty Wife

Do you have any prayers that God answered? I would love to hear from you and celebrate in his blessings!

18 thoughts on “Power of Prayer: How Prayer Changed My Life

  1. Danielle you are such an amazing, beautiful person! and so strong. Is it creepy if I mention I really hope I get to meet you one day?! haha!

    I’m glad you took this opportunity to DEBUNK prayer!

    PS I’m so happy you owned that final semester of college! You freaking go girl!

    xo,
    http://kristaaoki.com

    • Aw! Thank you Krista! I actually was just thinking about how I hope to meet you one day too! Bloggers friends unite! Haha, and thanks! It was hard but paid off in the end. Xoxo

  2. laceedoeslife says:

    Yes and amen! Prayer is key to building our relationship with God. This post is so true and so refreshing. Thank you for sharing your heart! If you ever want a guest post about similar topics then let me know!

    Laceedoeslife.com

  3. Hi Danielle! It’s a great idea to try to bust these misconceptions about prayer. I especially related to the one about not having to be religious to pray.

    I’m a grad student in marriage and family therapy, and I’m required to attend AA meetings in order to become certified to help families dealing with substance abuse. One of the doctrines of AA is that the members must have a higher power who helps “restore [them] to sanity.” Hardly any of these people had accepted religion into their lives prior to seeking help for their alcoholism However, in order to get the most out of AA, they began to pray to their higher power consistently, and as a result, they were able to stop drinking and save their own lives. If that’s not proof that if you seek God, you will find God, I don’t know what is!

  4. Great post! I think it’s important to know that praying is patience and timing for things to happen might not be right away like when you want it.

    Justine
    theiridescentwings.com

  5. I’m not really religious, so I’m not really sure who I’m talking to when I pray. I often do feel a lot better about whatever it is I’m needing help with though 🙂

  6. Ahh I can totally relate to the anxiety you went through, I have had the same, for pretty similar reasons! Thanks for opening up and sharing this! 🙂

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