I know you’ve probably heard people say that prayer changes things, but do you believe it? I’m glad you stopped by because today I’m sharing this lovely free printable with you. It’s my hope that it will remind you of the importance of prayer because I do believe that prayer changes things, and it could change things for you.
I’ve been a christian most of my life, so I’ve prayed a lot of prayers over the years. Some of them were answered the way I wanted them to be answered, some were answered in ways I didn’t expect, and some were answered in ways I didn’t like. Some prayers were answered immediately, some were answered after months or even years of prayer, and some prayers still haven’t been answered yet.
But still, I pray.
Prayer has the power to change things in our lives. Think of the powerful examples in The Bible. God answered the prayers of many including Abraham, Moses, Hannah, Elijah, Hezekiah, and Jesus Christ. Not only were prayers answered, but lives and circumstances were changed. Let’s take a look:
- Abraham asked God to spare Lot’s family from Sodom and He did (Genesis 18:20-33).
- Moses asked God to change his mind about destroying the Israelites and He did (Exodus 32:9-14).
- Hannah prayed for a son and Samuel was born (I Samuel 1:27).
- Elijah prayed that it would not rain, then prayed that it would, and God answered (James 5:16-18).
- Hezekiah prayed that God would extend his life and He did (2 Kings 20:1-6).’
- Jesus prayed and Lazarus was brought back to life (John 11:41-44).
This has been true in my life as well. For example, last year when my husband and I decided we wanted to make a move to a new town we prayed that our house would sell quickly. Within a month our house was under contract! This was amazing considering a home two doors down had been on the market for over a year. Yes, prayer definitely changed things for us and we are so thankful. We love the new town we live in and all the glory goes to God for making a way for us to move!
Of course God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we would like him to. Sometimes the answer is no. It’s at times like these that we have to trust that if He’s not changing the circumstances in our lives, then he’s changing us. You can trust that He will work all things for your good (Romans 8:28).
I hope this encourages you to pray today. Whatever is on your heart, whatever burdens you are carrying, talk to God about it. He will listen, and He will answer. Click on the link below to print out your reminder today!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)