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Today’s Truth

And if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it for you so that the Father’s glory will be shown through the Son. (John 14:13, NCV).

Friend to Friend

My eyes opened to another day.

Another day filled with excruciating pain.

I have lived with back pain for many years. But two weeks earlier, I had taken the hardest fall of my life and the pain was unlike any I have experienced. I literally could not catch my breath at times. I knew something was very wrong.

Even though I alternated heat and ice pretty much 24-7 for two weeks, the pain was not letting up – not even a little bit. I explained the situation to my Father … as if He was unaware of my circumstances. I know.

My back doctor did a set of X-rays that revealed a fracture in my spine.

A fracture!

In my spine!

This could not be a good thing.

The doctor explained that this injury was solved one of two ways. With time … resting and taking it easy. I was not a fan of Door #1. Door #2 was a procedure where they go in and fill the fracture with surgical cement. Still not a fan. So, he sent me to an orthopedic surgeon.

After waiting ten days, I finally got in to see the surgeon who did another set of X-rays. He walked in the examination room where Dan and I were waiting with a puzzled look on his face. “You are a quick healer, aren’t you?” he asked. I grinned and said, “Yes, I am!” He then explained that the fracture was almost completely healed – in ten days. He did not see any need to do anything further except take it easy for a week or two and then resume life. Yes!

On the way home, Dan looked at me and said, “Prayer works!” I knew many people had been praying for me and totally agreed that God had heard those prayers. Dan then said, “God woke me up about ten days ago and told me to lay my hands on you and pray. So, I did.” It was the next day that the pain was gone.

Yes! Prayer works … when it comes from an obedient heart.

I want every blessing God has for me. I know you feel the same way. God is not a heavenly vending machine that dispenses blessings simply because we want them. Every promise of God is accompanied by at least one condition we must meet in order to experience the blessing of God. That condition is always rooted in obedience to Him.

1 John 3:21-23 “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we keep His commands and do what pleases Him. And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us” (NIV).

Everyone prays when in crisis.

When a pandemic strikes, when our nation is riddled with racial tension, a health challenge arrives, the finances are failing – it is amazing how even the ungodly will resort to prayer. It is built into our very being to cry out to God when we are desperate.

But is that all prayer is? Is talking with God reserved only for desperate people in desperate moments?

Prayer is communication with God, a heart-to-heart conversation with Him. Prayer is our source of power and strength. And we need to stay plugged into that source.

When we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and seek to obey His commands, we can come before God in confidence, knowing He wants to pour out His blessings on our life. He is waiting. We just need to ask.

Let’s Pray

Father, thank You for loving me. Please help me walk in obedience to Your commands and live my life in a way that pleases You. I really do want to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a prayer warrior. Right now, I surrender all that I am to You and ask for Your blessings in my life.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

  • Read Psalm 51:10. How is a clean heart related to the blessings of God?
  • Read Proverbs 21:2. “A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.” How does this verse apply to the blessings of God in your life?

More from the Girlfriends

In order to become a prayer warrior, we must learn how to trust God. Why? Because God orders our steps. Steps of obedience. And when we trust and obey Him, answered prayers will surely follow. Need help trusting God? Check out Mary’s book, 10-Day Trust Adventure.

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4 Responses to “Prayer Works!”

  1. Anna Marie lottman says:

    Yes God answer prayers, I have several testamoines to that . It’s helped friends and family believe in our powerful God 🙏 Holy spirit and Jesus . He is so awesome and creates so many miracle healings . I want to shout to the roof tops Hallelujah Praise God our Father in heaven and in earth . For all he has done and all he is going to do. Amen ♥️🙏🙏🙏

  2. karen says:

    Thank you Mary for your devotional on prayer. We need the reminder that God still works miracles today. That the authority we have in Christ did not die with the disciples. That we can by faith in Jesus’ finished works on the cross lay hands on the sick by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen thank you Jesus.
    Mary, so glad you are well.

    Karen

  3. Abby says:

    I have to respectfully disagree…prayers don’t work not for everyone. God only hears certain,people’s prayers. I have been praying for stuff and no prayers get answered . and God dont habe no plans for me . and yes i am a,Christian far from perfect

  4. Victoria says:

    If you are a Christian, God does answer your prayers. God answers prayers in three ways, He says yes, no or wait. Sometimes we think that what we are asking for what will solve our problems, but God knows what would actually happen if we got what we wanted and it may not be the answer to our problems. When we are walking closely to God by praying every day, for ourselves and others and patiently stop to listen for God’s voice, read the Bible and ask God to speak to us through his word we can hear God’s answers more clearly. The times when I think God isn’t answering my prayer it’s because God’s answer to my prayer was no or wait. I have had to change my prayers many times and keep waiting for God’s voice to realize God is telling me what His will is. Sometimes he uses other Christians to speak to me, other times through his word, other times through a message or devotional. I think the hardest part for me has been to ask God to change the desires of my heart to what He wants them to be and then surrendering to His will.

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