God Answers Prayers
"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." (Jeremiah 33:3)
Kelly was in second grade. Her parents were teachers in a Christian school. They lived a happy life, serving God in their church and school. But all the sudden, something happened that changed their lives forever: doctors found a deadly tumor at the base of Kelly's brain.
The students in Kelly's school, people at her church, family members, and many others who heard about Kelly prayed for her. She had surgery, but the surgeon was unable to remove the entire tumor. She was a good girl with a bright smile and cheerful attitude through all the doctor visits, hospital stays, and extra attention she got from everyone. The family took a dream vacation so that they could have some wonderful memories with Kelly before she died. Would God answer many people's prayers that Kelly would be healed, even when the doctors said it was hopeless?
Kelly's parents showed awesome trust and dependence upon God, but doctors did not expect for her to live very long. Surgery and medication could not get rid of all of the tumor, and there was nothing else the doctors could do! But God stepped in and miraculously healed Kelly. Her health continued to improve, and years later, she is still doing well and is serving the Lord in full-time Christian ministry. She has been cancer-free for years.
God delights in answering our prayers, but He does not always answer them immediately or in the way we think they should be answered. In Kelly's case, God chose to answer people's prayers in the way they wanted Him to. Sometimes, God says "yes" to us; sometimes he says "no"; sometimes he says "wait." We can always trust Him to choose the answer that will give Him the most glory and be best for us.
God answers prayer in different ways, but He always answers in a way that shows His power and His goodness.
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Truth In Real Life
“Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying.”
Edward McKendree Bounds’ name would become a name very famously associated with the topic of prayer. However, he would never become well-known during his lifetime. He would not find out until heaven just how much his books would influence Christians all around the world.
“E. M.” Bounds, as he was called, was born on August 15, 1835, in Shelby County, Missouri. From a young age he studied the Bible and talked to God in prayer. He went to a public school, and by age 21, he was becoming a respected lawyer. At age 24, he changed professions and became a preacher. He began preaching during the time of the Civil War when many Americans were feeling scared and sad. Bounds served as a chaplain on the front lines of the Confederate Army. In 1861, he was placed in a war prison for a year and a half because he failed to take an oath for the government.
No matter what trials he went through, E.M. Bounds talked to God every day. Every morning, Bounds would get out of bed and pray for three hours before beginning his day. He would talk to God from 4am-7am, and then he would begin writing.
During the last seventeen years of his life, Bounds wrote some of history’s most helpful books on the topic of Christian prayer. His book Power Through Prayer is often called “the greatest book on prayer ever written.” For nearly one century, Bounds’ books have been considered classic works – encouraging Christians everywhere to talk to their heavenly Father. It was said that Bounds prayed as often and as easily as he breathed. Right before he died, he wrote these words: “When He is ready, I am ready; I long to taste the joys of the heavenlies.”
Do you long to fellowship with God in prayer? When was the last time you really talked to Him?
Psalm 55:17 – Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.