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Because You Prayed
by Jenny on May 12th, 2018

"Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: 'This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you prayed . . . '" Isaiah 37:21

I celebrated my 41st birthday this past week. I didn't love turning 40. Only "old" people turn 40. Plus, I had just delivered my 7th baby, which was great for my heart but not so great for my 40 year old body image. My outlook for 41, however, is brighter. After swiping several cute skirts recently for $1 a piece at a garage sale, I'm ready to "age with class." But more than a new wardrobe, what truly makes me ready to shine are the answers to two prayer requests, both of which I received on my birthday.

I routinely "converse" with God through prayer, but sadly I do not consider myself a fierce prayer warrior. I often waffle between "boldly approaching the throne of grace" and standing along the sidelines of life simply watching God do as He pleases. After all, God is good, right? God is sovereign, isn't He? Is it really necessary for me to get involved with God through prayer?

How many times have you heard someone say in the midst of a difficult circumstance, "Welp, all we can do now . . . is pray," as if prayer is simply something to try after all other options have been exhausted? I've said it, and done it, more than once! Even recently, my husband and I waited until the heat began to rise on two circumstances in our lives. Then, and only then did we become serious about presenting our requests to God. Within three weeks of our prayers, both circumstances were resolved beautifully, on the same day, the day of my 41st birthday. Coincidence? No such thing.

James 5:16 says, "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."  Our finite minds fail to understand how our prayers influence God, who is sovereign over all of His creation, but Scripture demonstrates a definite connection between our prayers and God's movement in our lives.

Consider a man named Hezekiah. Hezekiah was King of Judah, the smaller kingdom of God's people in the Old Testament. Twice when King Hezekiah received threatening news from a known enemy he immediately sought God through prayer (Isaiah 37:1 & 14). Even when sickness struck Hezekiah he again turned to God through prayer (Isaiah 38:2). God not only responded to Hezekiah's prayers, but God also moved in Hezekiah's life as a result of Hezekiah's prayers. God told King Hezekiah through the prophet Isaiah, "Because you prayed . . . " (Isaiah 37:21)

The writer of Hebrews reminds us that because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross we are no longer separated from God, but can boldly approach the throne of grace--through prayer--to receive God's mercy and grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16)

What should we pray about? In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul says, "Everything! . . . "

". . . And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"  BECAUSE you prayed.

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Sharon - May 12th, 2018 at 8:27 AM
Kepp on asking!
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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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