Prayer lifts my eyes to the possibilities. It allows me to see things from heavens perspective (Colossians 3:2). Prayer allows me to experience God – to be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). My focus is elevated when I pray, lifting my eyes off circumstances, off hardships, off impossible situations and onto the ever faithful, ever present, all powerful person of the Holy Spirit. Like a plane as it breaks through the low lying cloud barrier into the realm above, prayer allows me to experience clarity, vision, and light. When I pray, I realize all things are possible with God. My eyes shift from my inadequacies to His adequacy. A surge of His life and strength flow through me, and in that moment I realize I am not alone. I did not initiate this work and I am not ultimately responsible for its success or failure – if I am obedient to everything He has told me. It’s “as I pray” that I experience Jesus in a life-changing way.
As he prayed the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. (Luke 9:29 NKJV, bold and italics mine)
I once heard Mark Batterson once say, “It’s as we pray that we usually experience something profound from the Lord.
Although I know God hears my prayers because I am in Him (1 John 5:14-15), that verse goes from a vague and distant hope to a real and living promise when I pray. GOD HEARS MY PRAYERS AND ANSWERS THEM! I CAN ASK ANYTHING IN JESUS NAME AND HE WILL DO IT. ANYTHING.
Have you prayed today?