Does Prayer Matter?

Hey y’all! I’m back from Texas and I think my twang got a little bit twangier! Thanks so much for standing in the gap for me in prayer! I felt it and it made a difference! I’ll share more later, but since you gals prayed for me and it certainly made a difference, I thought I’d write a bit about prayer today.

It really does matter, ya know! 🙂

So, let’s get a word from the Word!

“Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them.” Psalm 106:23

“Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds, And the plague broke out among them. Then Phinehas stood up and interposed, And so the plague was stayed.” Psalm 106:29-30

Yesterday, I was reading Psalm 106 and I noticed that twice within the context of this chapter, God responded to the prayers of His people and showed mercy when judgment was due.

The children of Israel had been delivered. They had walked across the Red Sea on dry ground as the waves billowed on either side of them. God had set them free, but they quickly turned from Him and began to serve idols.

How short their memory was!

Did they not remember the plagues God sent to Egypt? Did they not remember how God had protected them in the midst of His strong hand against their oppressors? How could they forget the Passover and how God spared those whose homes were marked with the blood of a lamb?

Our faith is often like that. We see God move in a big way and we quickly forget the God who has shown Himself strong on our behalf time and time again.

You do that. I do that. We all do that.

We’re all in need of consistent intercessory prayer for those times when we aren’t seeing things clearly. Times when we let our circumstances skew our view and distract us from the magnificence of who He is.

In Psalm 106:23,29-30, we find that God listens to those who stand in the gap for those who are blinded to His goodness and greatness.

So, today, I want to encourage you to find someone who will consistently pray for you! Someone who will intercede on your behalf. Not because you can’t get ahold of God on your own. We know the viel was torn from top to the bottom and you now have access through the blood of Christ, if indeed, you have received Him as your Lord and Savior.

But for those times when you can’t see clearly, may you know someone who will pray you through.

May you be someone who prays others through.

Does intercessory prayer make a difference? Of course it does! Just ask the children of Israel how God used the intercessory prayer of others to make a difference in their lives!

So pray for others incessently…and find someone who will do the same for you!

Do you have a friend who stands in the gap for you? If you’re in ministry, do you have a prayer team that intercedes for you and the ministry God has entrusted to you? Are you standing in the gap for your husband, your children, your family, your friends, your church and this nation?

Don’t forget – we’re announcing the winner of Penny Zeller’s new book tomorrow! If you haven’t commented on her post for a chance to win, you can still do so today!

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