The prophet Daniel, who's story is found in the Old Testament of the Bible, prayed and kept praying for 21 days. After 21 days an Angel showed up and explained that an evil spirit had delayed him coming. What if Daniel had STOPPED praying after the first day? Would the Angel still have showed up?
Daniel 10: 12-13 Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
Is the Lord moving on our circumstances dependent on our praying about them? Where then is Faith? How do faith and action work together?
James 2: 14 - 26 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
If we stop praying, will God STOP working in our lives?
Job 42:10 AFTER Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored....
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednago had FAITH that God would save them. What if they had obeyed in refusing to worship the Kings false idols but their FAITH had wavered? What if just ONE of them had doubted? Would they still have been saved from the fiery furnace?
When David faced Goliath, suppose the first rock hadn't felled the giant? Would David have had the gumption to throw a second one? He had, after all, picked up 5, not just one.
Is prayer about getting God to move on our behalf? Or is prayer about getting US aligned with Gods truth?
Mark 9:24 "immediately the father of the child cried out and said "I believe, Help my unbelief!"
We know that the words we speak are powerful weapons.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue...
How powerful are the thoughts we think? What about the feelings we experience? Does how we feel also impact our world?
A good man good treasure his brings forth good; and an evil man evil treasure his brings forth evil. For his mouth speaks.
WHAT MOVES THE HEART OF GOD?
I know from the story of Hezekiah in the Old Testament that our powerfully emotional pleas reach Gods ears and DO MOVE His heart on our behalf.
Consider the story found in Isaiah 38: 1-5:
In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the : ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’