There are three primary realities that sustain my heart in prayer; the worthiness of Jesus, God enjoys us, and The Lord responds to Prayer.
It is a stunning reality that the Lord responds to prayer. We offer up weak words that ascend in power by the blood of Jesus. When we don’t pray, less happens. God so desires partnership with us that there are ways that He will not move without our active agreement in prayer. In His sovereignty, He patiently waits for our participation in His plans for the earth.
In my early years of walking with Jesus, this reality shaped my relationship with Him in a big way. When I had a need for community and asked for it, He led me to an amazing group of people; and in a like manner He provided for many needs that I brought before Him in prayer. Then He showed me that I could ask Him for the needs of others. He showed me that prayer really works. Again and again I witnessed Him healing the sick, releasing breakthrough in hearts, and people coming to the Lord as my friends and myself prayed. One of my favorite testimonies was in 2008. I was working at a Starbucks next to a high school and I had a picture in my mind of a group of high school kids, that were not going to church, doing a bible study with me. So I said “Yes Lord! This would be awesome! Will you make this happen!” And a few months later I was sitting with a group of High School kids that were not following the Lord at the time, doing a bible study.
History testifies that prayer really does work through the lives of individuals and communities. Count Zinzendorf led one of my favorite testimonies of this reality. In the 1700’s he started a prayer meeting that went 24-7 and lasted 100 years. Out of this prayer gathering came the Moravians who led the first large-scale protestant missions movement and they were a pivotal influence on John Wesley’s life and ministry.
I could go on and on sharing amazing stories from history, from my own life, and the lives of others that testify of the Lord responding to prayer. I feel like the Apostle John when he wrote “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.”
7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8)
Written by Zack Roberts
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