Effective Prayer Part 2

The other day I wrote piece on effective prayer part 1.  I discussed the importance of being persistent when we pray.  There is power when we pray and don’t give up!!  Too often, we pray one wimpy prayers and think that is going to change our situation!!  God is looking for tenacious people who will stand on God’s promises!

As I mentioned in the last blog, being persistent is only one part of the equation.  The other part is taking action!!  In the story of Elijah, God told him it was going to rain, so Elijah prayed hard and persistent!  However, he also had action!! After Elijah prayed, he told his servant, “Go look toward the sea,” (1Kings 18:43).  Seven times he did this and did not give up!  See Elijah put faith behind his prayer.  He wholeheartedly believed God was going to answer his prayer and acted in accordance to his faith!!  We can pray all day, but not until we put action behind our prayer does our prayer move from simple words we speak, to heartfelt faith that God will do what He says He will do!

God sometimes ask us to get our feet wet!  We are always wanting God to go first, for Him to make the first move.  Where all along, God is waiting on us!  He is waiting on us to say we believe you God, we trust you God, we surrender our agenda to you God!!  Mark Batterson states, “But it is often our unwillingness to take a step of faith and get our feet wet that keeps us from experiencing a miracle.” Do you want to see God move in your life?? Maybe it’s time we start moving too!!

Let’s look at the story of the Shunammite woman when her son is restored to life in 2 Kings 4:16.  We are told her son dies in her arms and she carries him up and puts him in Elisha’s bed and hurries to summon Elisha.  She could have sat and mourned and cried out to God, but she didn’t.  She knew that Elisha was a man of God and could restore her son.  So she put action behind her persistent prayer!  However, the action doesn’t stop there!! It states, “He (Elisha) went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord.  Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands.  As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy’s body grew warm. Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out upon him once more.  The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.” (2 Kings 4:32-35).  Did you catch that… He prayed.. boy still dead… he lay on the boy… boy still dead…he prayed..lay on the boy… prayers answered!!!  Now that is faith!!!  Elisha had such faith that God would restore his life that he laid on a dead person!!  Action behind prayer=faith!!!

I am not saying you have to do extreme things to see your prayers answered.  Most the time it is not a extreme action that is needed to show faith, sometimes it can be small and seemingly insignificant action.  However, it is action showing you trust in God.

What action is God calling you to today!!

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