“But Pharaoh shall not hearken (listen) unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.”Exodus 7:4-6
I have asked God for things that I knew only He could provide. When I was young, I was never shy about praying for things I needed or wanted, but as I grew older, I seemed to waiver in believing my prayers could be answered. I doubted God and was sometimes hesitant to pray for things or even pray for help for my depleted spiritual condition. I am not sure when or how I lost my childlike faith, but by the time I was 18, I struggled to pray at all.
I was not sure what to do with my life, and it was as if I lost my spiritual marbles as I wandered around looking for answers. God brought me to Chicago away from my friends and introduced me to a pastor there. I was looking for my spiritual way and was impressed that the pastor prayed for things and actually saw answers to his prayers. He did not worry, but simply would pray and let God do His work. I was impressed by the power he had in praying, although I had access to the same power.
I did not have a full time job when I first moved to Chicago, and I was in need of some work. I did not have many skills, but was well experienced in cutting lawns. I began to pray in the way I knew how, and I cut out all the big buzz words we often use, and just talked to God. I had not really prayed in quite some time and was very rusty, but I decided to simply talk to God who told me to “Pray without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17. I began to pray for some lawn jobs, and God started to provide me with work. At first I undersold my work, but gradually increased my price and got some steady jobs that did not make me rich, but put some money in my pocket.
I had a friend who came to visit who did not know me as a “praying man”, because it was simply something I did not do. He helped me on some of my lawn jobs and he wanted to make some more money, so I told him to pray about it. He looked at me like I was crazy, but I started to share how God was working in my life and I listed all the prayers God had answered. He began to pray and the next morning, we got two lawn jobs to do. He was shocked at what God had done, and I simply shrugged and said, “I told you so.”
Answered prayer is one of the most encouraging things I have ever experienced. It is awesome to see the power of God, and it is awesome to personally see how He works in your life. God has given us direct access to His throne, and we are foolish when we don’t access it and live as if we are fine without Him. God’s power is seen in answered prayer, and He is able to do amazing things if we will only ask. Moses asked God in Exodus 6:30, “…Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken (listen) unto me?” The verses listed above tell of God’s answer to Moses, and I get excited when I read God’s resounding response, “…And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD.”
What are you praying for that you need God to do in your life? Who in your life needs to know the truth of the Lord? Who in your life needs to see the power of almighty God? Who needs to know the encouraging news of answered prayer? When was the last time you prayed for something and saw God answer it? Who have you told about your answered prayer? May we desire to see the power of God in our lives and in the lives of others. It is amazing to see when God stretches forth His hand, and never underestimate the power of prayer. Ephesians 3:20-21 states, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages (generations), world without end (forever and ever). Amen.” To God be the glory in what He will do if we simply will ask. Amen and amen!