“You also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.”2 Corinthians 1:11 NASB
Paul did many mighty things. He preached before multitudes, healed the sick, performed miracles, and founded churches. Yet he was not immune from discouragement or doubt. He, too, went through tough experiences. He experienced “afflictions”; he admitted that he and his companions were “burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life” (v. 8).
Through these ordeals, he emerged victoriously. And he wanted the Corinthians to know that they helped him achieve victory. How? Through their prayers. He knew many had prayed for him. He wanted them to know that their prayers made a difference.
How easily we can take prayer for granted. We can look at world conditions and wonder if prayer really matters. We can think about needy people, suffering and in trouble, and not feel motivated to pray for them.
But Paul’s testimony proves that prayer is powerful. Prayer makes a difference. As Paul experienced, prayer can help open doors and convict people of sin. Through prayer, we can see miracles performed and lives changed. Through prayer, we can share the burdens of those in need and be an instrument in meeting those needs.
Today, recognize the power of prayer in your life. Do not allow your heart to be filled with doubt. Do not hesitate or delay. Pray with intensity and conviction. Know that your prayers make a difference in the lives of other people and the world. Remember, God answers prayer!
Father, I commit these situations to You: _______. I believe You for the answers. Thank You for being faithful. In Jesus’ name, amen.