Our pastor recently declared these simple, yet profound words: “When we pray, something always happens.”
I am comforted and motivated when I hear these words.
When our church began to work our way through the book of Revelations, we were encouraged to “turn around to see the voice that was speaking to me.” (Revelations 1.12) This speaks of a deliberate turning towards God and turning away from our own inner voice.
Something happens in the silence. Heaven goes silent as God deliberates. Silence in heaven is not the absence or inactivity of God — He is always up to something.
His nearness is my comfort and hope in the waiting and resting. As difficult as it is, I choose prayer over panic and anxiety – not always but more and more.
Living in this world causes anxiety for me — the unknown and the unpredictable, the sadness and the disappointments, the pressures and the speed of life — but knowing Jesus hears my prayer and believing that something always happens when I pray fills me with confidence and anticipation for His powerful, sovereign hand on my life.
Prayers are never wasted.
God bends His ear towards us. He’s always listening.
Prayer re-enters history with incalculable effects and earth is shaken daily by it. Eugene Peterson