How does God answer prayers?
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16
We often look for immediate deliverance or problems resolved; but, I experienced a day of wonderful results through God reminding me of His love, grace, and compassion. He spoke through people and circumstances.
I can tell you that some of the circumstances I would not have chosen–they were costly, humbling, and filled with stress; yet, God in His wisdom knew the final outcome.
I found a Pastor’s message online and out of curiosity thought I would listen for two minutes. That’s all the time I had.
God wants us to awaken to righteousness and stop defining ourselves by life events and what others believe us to be.
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
I Corinthians 15:34
In that moment, God spoke to my heart–“That’s enough my daughter! Awaken to Me and nothing else!” I was filled with the Holy Spirit to face the day.
Along the way, scriptures, text messages of peace and personal nudges of the Spirit’s work, and prayers were poured forth in my day. It was more than, “Have a nice day”. It was scripture and prayers and timing that only God can orchestrate.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
Healing is occurring as I work out my salvation this side of heaven (Philippians 2:12). This healing comes when we are open enough to confess and ask for prayer. When we awake to righteousness (I Corinthians 15:34) and seek to know Him, our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16). We are made right by the work of Jesus on the cross and the resurrection! It is not by works that we are saved. We are saved by accepting this free gift of love and awakening this love through a relationship with the only person who can satisfy our souls—JESUS.
As we work out our salvation and awaken to His love, let us not strive for perfection, but a faith and peace that surpasses all understanding, that we are enough because He is enough. When we feel less than, not enough, or insecure, we must remember that God dwells in us–all power, glory, and confidence is available to us. So weep in this knowledge, struggle with this knowledge, and, yes, sometimes we find ourselves in the pit again, but never, never forget this truth! This truth will see us through and guide us from glory to glory until we see Him face to face (2 Corinthians 3:18).
I love you Jesus. I love that you are with me in a pit, on a mountain, in my home, at work, in a prison cell, in the midst of my sin–YOU never leave me nor forsake me.
Eternally Yours and so in love with You….
Remembering my studies of John Newton…… I will see him one day in heaven. I can’t wait to give him a big hug and say thank you for confessing your sins, serving the Lord, and writing this song: