The Impact of Prayer
READ | John 17:20-26
God has complete authority over all people and events. He knows the hearts of men, how they will act, and what steps to take to accomplish His purposes. At the same time, He calls us to pray. Colossians 4:2 says we should be devoted to prayer. In fact, communication with God is so important… we're told to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Continuous listening, talking, and relating to our heavenly Father should characterize our lives. Scripture outlines three reasons why this is so important. First, Prayer changes us. When we seek God's face and spend time in His Word, we will be transformed. Our desires will be replaced by His. And, our thinking will line up more closely with His thoughts. As our understanding of His character grows, we will have a better idea of how to pray according to His will.
Second, God answers prayer (James 5:16). God has promised to listen and respond to the prayers of His children (Isaiah 65:24). He promises to act when our petitions are in Jesus' name—that is, matching His will and His timing (John 14:13)
Third, prayer invites God to act. It doesn't alter any of God's divine purposes or plans. And, prayer doesn't cause Him to change His mind. What He has decided will occur, and His decisions will be exactly the right ones to accomplish His will. But our prayers are powerful when we sincerely invite God to do His work in our lives and the lives of others.
What impact does prayer have? It allows an inadequate people to connect with an all-sufficient God. Hallelujah!