Prayer, it isn’t just about the obedience and the action of it, but the power, faithfulness, and promises behind it. We are asked to come, seek, and know God through our prayers. He speaks through our prayers, through the people and situations we are praying for. When we teach our children how to pray, it is as important to teach them how to look for the outcome, the beauty and the results because of those prayers.
One of my favorite stories, demonstrating the power of prayer, is of a man named George Muller who was known for his prayer life, his faith in God and his love for the God’s children. George Muller prayed daily for the children he took in and cared for and the situations surrounding them and because of his faith, the orphan children saw the power behind his prayers and learned greatly from them.
George Mueller, Orphanages Built by Prayer
“The children are dressed and ready for school. But there is no food for them to eat,” the housemother of the orphanage informed George Mueller. George asked her to take the 300 children into the dining room and have them sit at the tables. He thanked God for the food and waited. George knew God would provide food for the children as he always did. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. “Mr. Mueller,” he said, “last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in.”
Soon, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would spoil by the time the wheel was fixed. He asked George if he could use some free milk. George smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk. It was just enough for the 300 thirsty children. http://m.christianity.com/church/church-history/church-history-for-kids/george-mueller-orphanages-built-by-prayer-11634869.html
The power of prayer:
•Pray with confidence
1 John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
•Pray with faith
1 John 5:15 “And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.”
•Pray with an open heart
Ephesians 1:18 “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”
•Pray with a willing and ready heart
Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
•Pray with understanding
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
•Pray with love
Matthew 5:44 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
•Pray in weakness
Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
•Pray in sorrow and pray in joy
James 5:13 “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone among you happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray continually.”
So thankful we have a God who listens and speaks to us!! So thankful for His love, grace, forgiveness, redemption, blessings, instruction, guidance, and wisdom.
Prayer is an wonderful gift that should not be taken for granted!