Moses prayed, and the Red Sea opened. Abraham prayed, and Lot’s family was spared. Elijah prayed, and fire fell.
Joshua prayed, and the walls of Jericho collapsed. Nehemiah prayed, and the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt.
The disciples prayed, and the church was born. The church prayed, and Peter was freed. Peter and Cornelius prayed, and the gospel was taken to the world.
Do you think things happen when people pray? Yes!
“God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day… I tell you, God will help his people quickly” (Luke 18:7–8).
“When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer out of it, my Father in heaven goes into action” (Matthew 18:19).
“And we are sure of this, that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will” (1 John 5:14).
Is any other spiritual activity promised such power? Did Jesus call us to preach without ceasing? Or teach without ceasing? Or have committee meetings without ceasing? Or sing without ceasing? No, but he did call us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
God is moved by the humble, prayerful heart. “The LORD will hear your crying and he will comfort you. When he hears you, he will help you” (Isaiah 30:19).
We can do much after we pray. But we should do nothing before we pray. Let’s start with prayer.
By Max Lucado
Used by permission
From: Start with Prayer
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