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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Prayer IV

Jesus says that whatever we ask for in prayer, we should have. Yet, often that's not our personal experience. We've discussed that sometimes prayers are not answered because we need to forgive, or we harbor unconfessed sin, or even that we lack faith in a good God that would want to bless us with the desires of our hearts. Today, I want to address the last two things that I personally know of that can hinder our prayers. I know there are probably other reasons, but these are the last two I will discuss in this blog series.

The first is lack of support. Sometimes, we just need more than one person praying. We need a few more voices raised in agreement with us. Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19
"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven."

For some reason, there is more power in the prayer of two. If this is so, how much more power would three have?

Though I've got some ideas about why this is so, I'm really not sure. I only know that I've seen this principle at work in my own life. For years I prayed for my dad to get saved. Individually. Then, one day, my sister in law and I are talking on the phone and she says, "Let's pray together every week for him to get saved." So, she called me once a week and we prayed for him to get saved. He got saved that very year.

I've heard stories of people whose children were on their death bed and the family earnestly praying over them to no avail. Yet, when they enlisted the prayers of other prayer warriors - people who are truly committed to and believe in the efficacy of prayer - within hours the child was well.

Perhaps you aren't seeing answers to your deepest needs because you need to confide in someone else. Confide in someone who is a true prayer warrior, someone who knows God answers prayers and knows it well. Someone who loves the Lord and wants to see you succeed. Even Moses needed support of Aaron and Hur, who held up his arms so that the battle would be won and God's people would have the victory. If Moses needed the support of others, how much more do we?

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