Day 4 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
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”This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9:3
Sometimes the purpose of prayer is to get us out of circumstances, but more often than not, the purpose of prayer is to get us through them. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t pray deliverance prayers, but there are times we need to pray prevailing prayers. We need to ask God to give us the grace to sustain, the strength to stand firm, and the willpower to keep on keeping on.
We’re often so anxious to get out of difficult, painful, or challenging situations that we fail to grow through them. We’re fixated on getting out of them that we don’t get anything out of them. We fail to learn the lessons God is trying to teach us or cultivate the character God is trying to grow in us. We’re so focused on God changing our circumstances that we never allow God to change us!
If we’re being complete honest, most of our prayers have as their chief objective our own personal comfort rather than God’s glory. We want to pray away every problem, but those shortsighted prayers would short-circuit God’s perfect plan. There are seasons and situations when we need to simply pray through.
Even when a prayer isn’t answered the way I want, I have a peace that passes understanding because I know that God heard me. It just means the answer is no. And I’ve learned to praise God when the answer is no, not just when the answer is yes. The best answer is what brings God the most glory.
Can our prayers change our circumstances? Absolutely! But when our circumstances don’t change, it’s often an indication that God is trying to change us. The primary purpose of prayer is not to change circumstances; the primary purpose of prayer is to change us.
What it pray? Pray for the sick.
Pray that God would help us to praise Him from or through our problems.
May 8, 2018