In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

September 28, 2006

The Impact of Prayer

John 17:20-26

 

God has complete authority over all people and events. He knows the hearts of men, how they will act, and what steps to take to accomplish His purposes. At the same time, He calls us to pray.

 

Colossians 4:2 says we are to be devoted to prayer. In fact, communication with God is so vital that we are told to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Continuous listening, talking, and relating to our heavenly Father should characterize our lives. The Scriptures explain why this is so important:

 

Prayer changes us. As we seek God’s face and spend time in His Word, we will be transformed. Our desires will be replaced by His, and our thinking will align more closely with His thoughts. As our understanding of His character grows, we will have a better idea of how to pray in accordance with His will.


God answers prayer.
(James 5:16) God has promised to listen and respond to the prayers of His children. (Isaiah 65:24) He assures us that He will act when our petitions are in Jesus’ name — that is, matching His will and His timing. (John 14:13)

 

Prayer invites God to act. Prayer doesn’t alter any of God’s divine purposes or plans; nor does it cause Him to change His mind. What He has decided will occur, and His decisions will be exactly the right ones to accomplish His will. Our prayers are powerful when, without reservation, we invite God to do His work in our lives and the lives of others.

 

What impact does prayer have? It allows an inadequate people to connect with an all-sufficient God. Hallelujah!
 

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