When You Decide to Pray
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)
The difference prayer makes is greater than anyone can imagine. Until you take prayer seriously and really make it a priority in your life, you’ll never realize its amazing power.
Years back my faith was challenged by the example of three 12 year old girls. They demonstrated a faith and closeness to God rarely demonstrated by adults. No wonder Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt. 19:14)
As I spoke at the Children’s Jr. Camp, I learned a lot about what Jesus was trying to say, when He said, “Let the little children come to me..” When you and I open ourselves to Scripture and come to Jesus as little children, then God can make our lives count for Him.
On the second day of camp, three girls went to their counselor and asked to have a prayer meeting that afternoon before the evening chapel service. They made one stipulation; however, they did not want to just pray a 10 minute prayer and go. They wanted to continue in prayer until they met with Jesus. Praise the Lord for the counselor who encouraged the meeting. They wanted to continue praying until they were sure they had met with Jesus.
When I heard about the prayer meeting I decided to join them. After 30 minutes in prayer the counselor tried to close the meeting, only to hear the girls say in 98 degree weather – “no we haven’t prayed through yet. The prayer time lasted another hour and YES THEY REACHED HEAVEN, because of their devotion to pray. (By the way, they gave up swimming to pray.)
The results of that prayer meeting were amazing. One of the girls who had never testified before could now stand and praise God publicly. Also, every prayer request was met that night in chapel. The girls had prayed for God to save every one in the chapel service that night who was not saved and guess what? We had 200 children at the altar and 120 of them accepting Jesus as Savior. Most important however, we had three girls with faith as tall as the Empire State Building. Everyone at the camp meeting had an experience they will never forget.
I believe prayer makes a difference when a group of people decide to join together in prayer and pray until they meet with God. When was the last time you had a prayer partner and took time to pray together? I challenge every one of you to start a prayer partnership with someone and intentionally pray for God to “summon His power” upon His church. Do something about it today and God will show His hand on Sunday.
Let's make prayer a daily emphasis!