It’s been said that faith may move mountains, but prayer moves God. Amazing, isn’t it, that our prayers, whether grand and glorious or feeble and faint, can move the very heart of God who created the universe? To walk with God we must make it a practice to talk with God…
Prayer moves God, and when God moves in your life, things get exciting!
Years ago I never dreamed that God would move in my life the way He has. Even after my accident, when I signed up at the University of Maryland for art and English classes, I never realized how God would use diverse elements in my life to mold me to His will. But I sensed God was preparing me for something, and He started me out on a spiritual journey of prayer and praise that has not yet ended. You, too, have a journey through life ahead. Why not make it a journey of prayer and praise?
~ Joni Eareckson Tada
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. — 1 John 5:14–15
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me! — Psalm 66:18–20
Focusing on God
Prayer is not merely going to God with a shopping list of things we want Him to do for us and for our families. Rather, it is being in relationship with Him, listening to Him, and sharing our hearts with Him…
We must remember who it is that we are talking with — the Almighty God. I have found it helpful to begin and end my prayers by focusing on His character traits. He is the Almighty God. He is the God who heals. He is the God of peace. He is the God who forgives. He is the God who provides, and He is the God who is in control. He knows everything that is happening. He is not caught off guard. His love is perfect.
As I consider who He is instead of focusing on myself or another person or my situation, I am better able to pray with faith.
~Susan Alexander Yates
In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. — Isaiah 30:15
The works of the Lord are great, Studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. — Psalm 111:2–4
So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. — 2 Corinthians 5:6–7
Excerpted with permission from Joy for the Journey, copyright Thomas Nelson.
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Prayer moves God. Prayer is the route to His heart, the way to relationship with Him, the path to knowing Him in a deeper, more profound and passionate way. Come share your thoughts with us on our blog. We want to hear from you!