The first thing I want you to do is pray.
Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.
When you speak...God hears.Those who pray keep alive the watch fires of faith. For the most part we don't even know their names. Such is the case of someone who prayed on a day long ago. His name is not important. He is important not because of who he was, but because of what he did.
He went to Jesus on behalf of a friend. His friend was sick, and Jesus could help, and someone needed to go to Jesus, so someone went. Others cared for the sick man in other ways. Some brought food; others provided treatment; still others comforted the family. Each role was crucial. Each person was helpful, but no one was more vital than the one who went to Jesus.
John writes: "So Mary and Martha sent someone to tell Jesus, 'Lord, the one you love is sick'" (John 11:3, emphasis mine).
Someone carried the request. Someone walked the trail. Someone went to Jesus on behalf of Lazarus. And because someone went, Jesus responded.
In the economy of heaven, the prayers of saints are a valued commodity. We can and must repeat the phrase in manifold ways. "The one you love is tired, sad, hungry, lonely, fearful, depressed." The words of the prayer vary, but the response never changes. The Savior hears the prayer. He silences heaven so he won't miss a word. The Master heard the request. Jesus stopped whatever he was doing and took note of the man's words. This anonymous courier was heard by God.
You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter his presence, the attendants turn to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. Even if you stammer or stumble, even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses God--and he listens.
You are the someone of God's kingdom. Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don't need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. What an amazing thought!
When you speak, Jesus hears. And when Jesus hears, the world is changed. All because someone prayed.
...an excerpt from Max Lucado's book 'For These Tough Times'.
I posted a photo of tulips today...even though the tulip season for this year is long past. They remind me of someone in my life who is a great prayer warrior. Over the years she has assured me time and again that she is praying for me...and for my family. Last fall she was diagnosed with cancer...and she knew her days were numbered. She asked us to pray for her...that she might live to see the tulips of spring once again. We prayed. Earlier this year...we had a tulip tea party in her honour. She is still enjoying life....and counting every day as a gift from God. Yesterday she celebrated her 89th birthday. Her prayer since spring has been that she will live to see her son and his wife return from a service assignment in Kenya at the end of August. We have joined her in this prayer. They will be home this week...and Frieda is so looking forward to seeing them again.
Our prayers matter! It is a wonderful experience...to pray for each other and to see how God answers. When we speak...Jesus hears.