The Power of Prayer

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Prayer is the most powerful thing we have. It is our main source of communication with God. Prayer can hep us bring our concerns to God and thank Him for everything that He has done. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. As Christians, our first instinct should be to bring everyone to God in prayer and to have conversations with Him throughout the day. The Pioneer asked some South Lancaster Academy students about their experiences with prayer.

“I have a sister in Uganda. She goes to a boarding school. We found out that she was possessed by a demon. It was heart-breaking news. My parents and I were devastated. We were far away and weren’t really able to communicate with her as much as we would have liked to during that period of time. We had no idea what to do, so we just prayed. Every morning and every night my family would pray for her together and we asked our entire church to keep her in their prayers daily. All of our church members were very supportive. We found out that it was very severe and people thought my sister had gone crazy. We relied on scripture a lot during those few weeks. We read about the power of prayer and had faith. We got a call a couple of weeks later saying that she was okay. She was back to normal and there were no more signs of possession. She then decided to get baptized. Not only did God answer our prayer, but we received another blessing on top of that by hearing the news of her decision to be baptized. I am very thankful that God listens to our prayers and takes them to heart.” – Dylan Gibbons

“A few years ago, my grandma was in the hospital. She was basically on her deathbed and many of the systems in her body were failing. It was really sad. I prayed for her asked all of my friends and the people in my school to pray for her as much as they could. It was a very difficult time to go through and we were all worried about her. All of my church members prayed for all the time and were very helpful. Two days after he was hospitalized, the doctors said she wasn’t going to make it and could die at any moment. We called my pastor to anoint her. Many people came to pray with her. I asked God to somehow find a way to heal her. The next day, she was completely healed. She was totally healthy and able to go
home. The doctors said that they had never seen anything like it before. They had no explanation and said it had to be a miracle. Prayer is so powerful and important to me and this was just one example of when God answered our prayers in a miraculous way.” – Angel HoganCamp

An example in the Bible of an answered prayer is the story of David. In Psalms 51, David committed adultery and murder. He decided, despite himself, even with all his guilt, to come before the Lord in prayer and admit his sins. He was broken and asked the Lord to change him and forgive him for everything that he did that was a violation of God’s law. Not only was God faithful and just to forgive David of his sins, but he cleansed his heart. He even called David “a man after his own heart.”

The Bible tells us in the book of James that prayer avails much. It is one of best blessings that God has freely given to every one of his children. There are several examples both in the Bible and in our lives where God has answered prayers. He loves to hear from us all the time and actually wants to hear what we have to say. So next time you get a chance, spend some time in prayer. It’s one of the best things us humans can do.

Do you have any stories about God answering a prayer? Share in a comment below. Would you like the Pioneer to pray for you or anything in particular? Just click on this link and submit a prayer request!

“What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.” 1 Corinthians 14:15


Posted on November 19, 2013, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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