I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day
2 Timothy 1:3
There was a night I became frustrated while trying to get my children to sleep, so I came down to my office. My home lacked structure, my children were being difficult, and I was losing patience by the end of the day. As I sat down, the Lord spoke to me and said, “You can pray, or you can waste your time”.
So I spent time in prayer, asking God for help and praying for my family. I expected my situation to change after praying that night, but it was my heart that changed. My frustration left me, and gentleness and patience were given to me in its place. I expected God to intervene in my situation, but He rather interceded with my heart so that I could make the difference. There have been many times that prayer did change my situation, times when God moved miraculously and did the impossible, and times when His work was so subtle it would have been easy to overlook His involvement.
Prayer is a powerful tool and a mighty weapon, one that many believers fail to wield as they should. When the apostle Paul comes to mind, there are many attributes that may stand out, but one of the greatest is his prayer life. Paul prayed often, many times making mention of praying without ceasing and calling others to do the same. It should come as no surprise then, that Paul lived a Spirit-filled life of power and influence. The Lord worked mightily through him because he earnestly sought the Lord through prayer. Show me a believer who truly seeks the Lord through prayer and I will show you a believer who has the power to move mightily on the Lord’s behalf.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and PRAY for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent PRAYER of a righteous man avails much. (emphasis mine)