Thursday, November 15

Your prayers change things!

Scripture: Job 41-42, 2 Corinthians 1-2

2 Corinthians 1:8–11 We don’t want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of our affliction that took place in Asia. We were completely overwhelmed—beyond our strength—so that we even despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and he will deliver us. We have put our hope in him that he will deliver us again 11 while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gift that came to us through the prayers of many.

Observation

We don’t know what Paul’s affliction was in Asia—he gives no details—only that it was a life-and-death situation.  They were overwhelmed; they despaired of life; they had received a death sentence.  And it seemed to be an on-going threat: God had delivered them from a terrible death once, and will do it again. 

The Corinthians could help by their prayers!  God will work and many will rejoice for the gift of life and deliverance that came through their prayers.  Paul clearly believed that their prayers were efficacious.  God answers prayer.  Our prayers change things!

Application

Pray!  Your prayers change things!  

This passage spoke to me loudly this morning because I just received news from my friend, pastor Michael Hockett, that his cancer has returned and is medically untreatable.  In a letter to his church, Michael wrote, “So barring God performing a miracle in my body, it appears I will be graduating to heaven sooner rather than later.”  Like Paul, Michael is facing “the sentence of death.”  But like Paul, we’re praying for a miracle, knowing that God can do it.  

Pray!  Your prayers change things!

Prayer: Lord, would you please heal Michael.  Destroy this cancer and make him well so that he can serve You for a long time to come!  We’re asking for a miracle!