“‘Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.'”John 14:13-14
“Fervent prayers produce phenomenal results.”Woodrow Kroll
When is the last time you prayed? Not just the little “thank you Lord for this food before us and the hands that have prepared it” prayer that you say before you eat. Not just the little “now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep” prayer you prayed as a child before you went to bed at night. Not just the “thank you Lord for waking me up this morning and giving me another day to live” prayer you might pray in the morning before work or school. When is the last time you seriously prayed? And I’m not talking about a big prayer for yourself. I’m talking about when the last time you got down on your knees, broken and crying, and prayed on behalf of someone around you? Yesterday? Last month? Last year? Never? Whenever it last was, I think it’s due time.
Now don’t get me wrong, you should definitely be praying big prayers for yourself. You need them for yourself just as badly as anyone else. But let’s not be selfish. We aren’t the only ones who need prayers. And we shouldn’t solely think about ourselves when it comes to prayers. There will always be someone who needs prayer more than you. And lately, I’m learning about the power of prayer for others around me. I have 4 names that I pray for daily. And these are hecka big prayers I’m praying. Each individual person has a specific prayer that’s catered toward their specific needs. One individual is deathly sick. She desperately needs a miracle. Another individual has hardened his heart to the Lord’s gift of salvation. He desperately needs a miracle. Another individual has been struggling mentally for quite some time. He desperately needs a miracle. Another individual is spiritual and religious, but hasn’t accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and savior. She desperately needs a miracle. But you know what? Luckily for us, our God is in the miracle business!!! Okay you might be thinking, “Not anymore he’s not.” And that’s a genuine thought. I hear people say this often. Maybe todays miracles don’t look like they did back in the days of the Old Testament, but my God is still doing miracles. I guarantee you. A man whose doctor told him his cancer would devour his body and he’d pass in the next 6 months, only to be cancer free and still living 2 years later? Miracle. A boy who was captured while serving his country oversees, thought to have been lost and killed, but returned home safely? Miracle. A Muslim girl whose heart was so hard, her friend thought she’d never believe, but to this day confesses her faith to everyone she comes into contact with? Miracle. Y’all, I’m telling you, God can (and still does) miracles every day. I don’t know about you, but I don’t utilize this aspect of my God enough. I know he does miracles, but I don’t always pray like I should. So my cheesy New Years Resolution (actually I have 2, but I’ll delve into my second one next week, stay tuned) is to pray like peoples lives depend on it. Because quite frankly, they do.
So I’ve been getting serious about my prayers. In John 14 verses 13 and 14, Jesus clearly tells me that whatever I ask in His name, He will do so that the Father may be glorified. In these two verses, Jesus tells us not once, but twice, that He will do what we ask if we ask in His name. In school I was taught to pay close attention to things that repeat. If it’s said more than once, it must mean it’s important. So pay attention here. Jesus is literally telling us that He will answer our prayers if we ask in His name. So I’ve gotten serious about my prayers because my four dear loved friends need a miracle.
Like Woodrow Kroll said, “Fervent prayers produce phenomenal results.” Jesus didn’t tell us He would just do the things we want without us asking. No, he wants us to ask Him. He wants to be glorified through this. By asking in His name we acknowledge the power Jesus and His name holds. And y’all it’s powerful. Jesus’ name causes Satan and demons to flee. He has the power to calm the sea. He has the power to make mountains move! We know these things, so why don’t we pray like we do? If Jesus can calm the sea, he can most definitely heal the broken body, heart, mind, and soul. But first, fervent prayer is in order. If you want phenomenal results, you’re going to have to pray like you want it. Pray like you believe in the power of Jesus and His name. Pray like you’ve already been given the victory! Pray like you don’t want the glory for yourself, but for Jesus. Pray like you want this healing for their benefit, not your own benefit. Pray with love and affection for both Jesus and your friend. Pray so big that phenomenal results have no choice but to be produced. Y’all this is so straight forward. Fervent prayer + Jesus’ name = phenomenal result. It’s as simple as that. Whoever in your life is in desperate need of a miracle, commit to praying fervently for 30 days in Jesus’ name and see the results the Lord will bring. He promises us in John 14 that whatever we ask for in His name, He will do. Believe that and get to work praying.
But I do have to warn you: although He will absolutely answer our prayers if we ask in His name, sometimes His answer looks differently than we thought it might. For the girl with the broken body, on her death bed, healing might come on the other side of Heaven. That’s not what you wanted, but that’s still an answer to your prayer of healing. The Lord will be faithful in healing, it might just looks differently than you wished for. For the man who needs a miracle for his eyes to be opened to see his need for Jesus, don’t rule out rejection. There is still the possibility he still won’t accept Jesus as Lord and savior. But the Lord will answer your prayed by presenting him a miracle for him to either accept or decline. For the miracle needed to heal your friends mental struggle, healing might not come in a day. Healing might take days, months, or even years. But healing will come eventually. Be patient and don’t give up hope. The Lord has yet to stop answering prayers and I know He won’t stop with you or me.
So what’s stopping you from praying big prayers for someone in need? Are you afraid there will be no healing? Doubt? Uncertainty? Give it 30 days. Pray fervently and see the Lord work a miracle in the life of those around you. He can, He does, and He will continues to do so. Just remember, the Lord answers prayers in different ways and at different times. Just because an answer appears small or took forever to get here, praise Him in that. He still answered your prayer. And trust me, His answer is a lot better than the answer you thought you wanted. Just wait and see. His ways are always good. So girl, get to praying.
P.s. – I wanna apologize for how long it took me to get another blog post out. Between wrapping up my last semester as an undergraduate student (woohoo), family matters, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, I put this blog on the back burner. My apologies. But the weekly blog posts are back, don’t you worry!!