We called it the surgery club. Though none of us wanted it, ¾ of our family underwent surgery that year; I had major shoulder surgery, and just 12 days later my husband had emergency gallbladder surgery. Then, after six bouts of tonsillitis over the summer, our 11 year old daughter got her tonsils out.
It felt like we’d never get better. And unbelievably, more surgeries lurked on the horizon. Yet I sensed God urging me to believe that He was still in control and that He heard my prayers.
So, in spite of how I felt I kept praying—I chose to believe. Through tears, pain and not understanding, I chose to believe God heard me and was still in control.
One of the most essential components to a powerful and effective prayer life is our willingness to believe. Not some utopian, fairy-tale type of belief that mocks reality, but a rock solid, deeply personal, I know the character of Almighty God and nothing is impossible for Him—including dealing with my current reality belief.
We must believe that our prayers matter and can make a permanent and eternal difference in our lives and the lives of others, and we must believe that God not only always hears our prayers, but that He is omnipotent and able to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
Once these issues are settled in our minds and hearts, our prayers hold the capacity to literally move heaven and earth:
- When we believe, we please God (See Hebrews 11:6).
- When we refuse to cease praying because we believe that God has spoken and will move, our prayers will accomplish greater things than Jesus accomplished (See John 14:12).
- When we believe, our prayers become rivers of living water that flow out of our innermost being. (See John 7:38).
Eventually, thank God, our surgery club closed. And though that year was ridiculously hard, God helped me believe Him anyway.
I don’t know what you’re enduring right now, but regardless of the circumstances swirling around you, believe. Believe that God is listening. Believe that He hears you. Believe that He is greater. Believe He is moving in your situation even now.
Want some help praying and believing? I’m giving away a signed copy of my new book, Prayers For a Woman's Soul to a randomly selected winner. To enter the give-away, please leave a comment (please use your first and last name-or last name initial- if possible, to make winner's announcement more clear) sharing what you are believing God for. If you are reading this via email, please click here to leave a comment. Prize must be claimed by May 21st. Sorry, give-away open to U.S. residents only.
The WINNER of last week’s give-away, receiving a signed copy of Prayers For a Woman’s Soul is: Janet (who is leading a group for CBS Bible study). Congratulations! Please send me your mailing address by May 14th.