With the right tool, you can build anything.
I mean, directions may also be needed for the novice carpenter, but I have always believed I could build anything if only I had the right tools. Overly confident? Probably. But here’s the deal: I know that I don’t give up. That means I will find a solution to my problem no matter how long it takes. As long as I have the tools to execute my solution, then I’m good as gold! I have fixed things around the house, rebuilt things that were broken, and even taken down walls with sledgehammers. The key is having the right tool for the job. Some tools are for building and some are for breaking. Prayer is a tool that does both.
I can’t cut a board in two with a hammer, nor can I hang a picture with a saw. Each tool has a purpose of its own, meant for a specific outcome. Prayer can be use to build us, break us, and even bond us together. Using the Bible we can discover the purpose of our prayers, and this week will reveal the power of this multi-facetted tool that God has given us!
For day eleven of #theFives, we begin to understand that prayers aren’t just words. Prayers are a tool created to move the heart of God.
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”
The apostle Paul was writing to his followers in Philippi describing the prayers he said to God on their behalf. Paul understood the power of prayer to move the heart of God to do awesome stuff! In these verses we see that Paul prayed for his friends to have more love and knowledge and be in “right standing” before God. We don’t get the impression that He felt he was wasting his breath. He knew that his prayers impacted others, and your prayers have the same power! Why? Because God is moved by our prayers.
1.) When you pray, do you have confidence that your prayers are moving the heart of God? (1 Chronicles 5:20) Faith plays a huge role in our prayer life. Are the words you pray reflecting a heart of faith, or doubt?
2.) God is moved by our prayers, and we see this in the Bible repeatedly. Read 1 Samuel 1:1-20. What parts of Hannah’s story stand out to you? Can you identify with her desperation? What about the feeling when God answered her prayer?
3.) Ask God for a deepened faith in the power of prayer. He wants you to know that He is trustworthy. Ask for Him to reveal the moments your prayers come to fruition so you can praise Him for all He has done!
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