Prayer

What if Nehemiah didn’t pray as he stood before the king?

Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king… (Nehemiah 2:4 – 5)

What if the Jews didn’t fast and intercede for Esther?

Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:15 – 16)

What if the church didn’t pray for Peter?

Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. (Acts 12:5)

I wonder, have you ever stopped to think about how things might have been different in these, and so many other circumstances throughout the Bible, had people not bowed the knee before the Lord in faithful prayer.

It isn’t that God isn’t willing, and it certainly isn’t that He isn’t powerful enough, but somehow in the providence of God, He moves, He works, and remarkably, He even limits Himself to act, to move, save, to rescue, on the faithful prayers of the Saints. Listen to what God says through the prophet Ezekiel:

So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. (Ezekiel 22:30)

So I ask you, and yes, I challenge you: What if? What if we raise the bar on our life of prayer; personally and together? What if we come to God in thankful praise and earnestly seek His Will and His power in our lives and in His church around the world, and believe it makes a difference.

Some food for thought: I don’t think Satan is all that concerned if our worship services are huge, so long as our prayer meetings are pitifully small.