THE POWER OF PRAYER
I had a friend who seemed to be pulling away from her faith, so I started praying for her. At first, I couldn’t see how my prayer was affecting her heart; but I knew it was changing mine. I was more in tune with my friend’s life, and I could see when she was hurting. By being more aware of her needs, I was also more sensitive to God’s guidance about how to help her. My daily prayer for her had given me a new connection with her. Later, I found some resources that focused on the aspects of life with which she was struggling; and I gave them to her. She read them and told me they were just what she needed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James 5:16b (NIV)
We don’t often have the opportunity to see how our faith changes people, but the Bible says that prayer is “powerful and effective.” Once in awhile, when we pray for others, we may catch a glimpse of hope, a little reassurance that God hears us and is acting through our prayers. Then we see how a little faith on our part can make a huge difference in the life of another person.
REFLECT: When have you seen prayer at work in your life? in the life of another person? When have your prayers for someone led to a deeper relationship with that person?
—from devozine (January/February 2013). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.