Have you ever gone through a crisis and wondered if prayer really works? I have. There is much to think about sometimes. Like, if this is really God’s will, then why do I even need to pray? Either God is going to heal this person or not. My prayer is not going to change that. I’ve been a Christian for many years, but these are some of the thoughts I had when I was told my husband might have a tumor in his head.
Prayer Changes ThingsApr 23
I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5 NIV
You don’t really know what you believe until you are faced with putting it to the test. I honestly wasn’t sure if my prayer could change things. When faced with that thought, I even wondered why I bothered praying at all. I know some of you have been there, too.
I emailed my pastor and asked him. Does prayer really change things? He told me yes and gave me an example of how God tells us to pray. I don’t remember much about the example; I just remembered the yes. Yes. I hung on to that. I took that “Yes” on faith and prayed with all my might that whatever was in my husband’s head was okay.
As it turns out, it was okay. What the doctors once thought was a tumor was only a large mass they easily removed in outpatient surgery. I’m not sure if large mass is what it started out to be, but after many prayers large mass was the outcome.
In my quiet time yesterday, I found a story hidden in the pages of 2 Kings. Hezekiah, the king of Judah from 715 – 697 B.C., was described as having a close relationship with God. He became very ill, and the Bible tells us he was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah came to him with a message from God. God told him to get the affairs of his house in order because he was going to die. “You will not recover.”
I don’t think there was any misinterpreting that message. You will not recover is pretty clear.
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (2 Kings 20:2-3 NIV)
Before the prophet Isaiah could even get out of the palace, God gave him another message. The message Hezekiah was longing to hear. “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.“(v. 5)
God healed Hezekiah that day, and he lived another fifteen years. All because of prayer. Prayer! Prayer changes things. If ever I doubted it, my sweet friends, I KNOW it to be true now. Prayer changes things.
What burden are you carrying? What is it that has caused you to fall on your face and cry out to God? You’ve been wondering if He even hears you. You’re wondering if your prayers even matter. I know. I’ve been there.
Yesterday after reading this story, I prayed. Friends, as I prayed I knew he was listening and as I prayed for some of my friends and family, I got chills. I called out their names one by one, and tears fell as I felt the power of connecting with our Heavenly Father. Prayer changes things. Prayer changes things. Thank you Lord! Prayer changes things!