1 Chronicles 5:20b, ——-for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him.
2 Chronicles 14:11, And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”
Psalms 22:5, They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
Proverbs 18:10, The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
I want to share with you an AWESOME praise report on the power of prayer! Now, I can’t go into real specifics because of ongoing prayer and circumstances, but I can tell you about the MIRACLES that our Heavenly Father still performs today!
You might look at this opening and say something like, “Pastor Roland, Miracles, is kind of a strong term to be using in this day and age. Or, maybe luck or coincidence prevailed.”
Let me tell you something first, I will be 62 years old in August. I have been attempting to serve and live for the Lord since I was a young 17 years old. Yes, I have stumbled from time to time as a young man, but in ALL those years and with the experience that I have accumulated these past decades, there is NO ONE or no science that could or ever would convince me in, number one, luck or coincidence (don’t believe in it) or number two, that our God, our Heavenly Father, doesn’t answer prayer today!!
But, this isn’t a teaching on prayer, rather it is a PRAISE report to God’s mighty hand of power AND HIS unlimited love!!
We have a dear friend who has for more than the last seven years, been dealing with one crisis after another. It is like a monsoon storm almost every day, except in this case, the monsoon doesn’t pass! When you are in the middle of that kind of turmoil and darkness, sometimes it is hard to see, let alone believe that there is any light to be found.
But—just as Christ Jesus quieted the stormy seas for the disciples that were with him on that turbulent sea, He still brings, light, hope and love to any situation to which we are willing to GIVE to Him and to trust Him with!
This friend has asked us to pray for their family and all the circumstances surrounding them. It almost looked hopeless that there could even begin to be any resolution. Part of the circumstances were literally a matter of life and death, both naturally AND spiritually!
This is why I say that MIRACLES still happen. By definition, a miracle is something that happens outside the norm or outside of nature. In other words, it can be defined as something that by most standards would be considered “impossible!” But, with GOD Almighty, “ALL things are possible!” No truer words were ever written or spoken!
We just received a report last night, that one of the major circumstances in their family turned around almost 180 degrees, and even more than that, it astounded those who are “experts” in this particular area and has actually drawn more to this particular situation because of the enormity of the turn-around!
God knows what is on our hearts before we can even ask; that IS intimacy at its ultimate! When we take time out of our lives, when we “lay our lives down, or aside for another,” the Bible tells us that is the “demonstration” of love at its greatest!
We have personally known of the circumstances that has demanded prayer. We have seen the toll it has taken on our friend, a toll that goes back even BEFORE we knew them! Yet, when our loving Heavenly Father takes care of a situation, HE takes care of the WHOLE situation and everything and everyone who is encompassed or involved in it!
This report received is awesome, but even in its awesomeness there is still more prayer needed. Yet—because a LIGHT has been seen in the midst of this turmoil, faith has been strengthened, assurance has increased AND LOVE is abounding!!
You may think that I am embellishing this a bit, but I tell you in all honesty, if you knew the situation you would NOT think it embellishing; AND this is what makes it such a Praiseworthy report! This demonstrates beyond a shadow of any doubt, God’s love in ACTION! After all, that IS what true love is, an action, and we see God’s love continually displayed in the lives of His creation and the children He calls His own!
God DOES still answer prayer and when He does, miracles of one degree or another are ALWAYS involved! Over-dramatizing it? No way, not when you have seen God’s handiwork for decades! This is why I Praise, Exalt, Glorify AND yes Magnify (not the situation or even the answered prayer) but God, our Father Himself and Christ Jesus who gives us authority in not only asking these requests, but also doing so BOLDLY before His throne!!
I LOVE the Lord with everything I have and am and even at that, it is sadly not enough. But being WHO HE is, He lovingly accepts our praise and the love we do have to give! My hope today, is that this cryptic example can and will give you inspiration, encouragement, strength, stamina AND hope in your requests before the Father Who truly DOES watch over each and every one of us!!
May this day, shine the Father’s LOVE, Mercy and Grace upon each of you this day! That is my prayer for all those who read this! God bless you each, so very abundantly!
In Christ’s Love; Pastor Roland