Promise #9 – God Hears Your Prayers and Can Move through Them
As many of you know we had our planned holiday to Spain cancelled at the last minute a few weeks ago. I know many people have had to deal with serious loss over the whole Covid-19 pandemic and really ours was not serious nor a massive blow in the overall picture. However, after quite a stressful, busy period both at work and home we felt quite gutted to miss out on our holiday. We got our money back which is great and so we could find something else. Easier said than done. Everything was either booked up or massively overpriced for what it was.
So we accepted the kind offer from Karen’s sister to stay at her place near Winchester for four nights while they were away. It got us away and out of Northampton for a few days and maybe we could find another place while down there. We had a lovely few day explore that part of the country, but we just couldn’t find a place suitable for us for the second week. In our prayers Karen and I both felt strongly that God had it all in hand.
On the Wednesday night we received a phone call from my mum saying would we like to stay in a house on the Isle of Wight? A friend of my mum dad lived on the island and he was coming onto the mainland to holiday with them and his four-bedroom house was available to us if we wanted it. We just needed to get a ferry across to the island. As we were positioned 30-minute drive from the ferry at Karen’s sisters that was easy to arrange.
So two days later we arrived for a holiday on the Isle of Wight for a beautiful, hot seven days. We were so blessed and thank God so much for His wonderful provision. That is just one small example of course but prayer does change things. Over many years I have seen many examples of this in quite life changing ways
Jesus reiterates the power of prayer in scripture, especially when we pray using his name. In John 14:13-14, Jesus says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” While we cannot control God’s answer to our requests, prayer opens the door for God to act to bring glory to Himself (I think that is the key here).
Further, we can remain confident that God has heard us and experience his peace. Paul writes, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Never underestimate the power and privilege of prayer—you have the ear of the Creator of the universe.
So why don’t I stop talking now and give you some space to bring your prayers before God.