SUNDAY September 9, 2018
The Power of Prayer
Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked
for him from the Lord.”
1 Samuel 1:19-20
Elkanah and his family went to worship the Lord in Shiloh. When they returned home, he knew his wife. The Lord remembered Hannah, and she became pregnant. Through prayer, they now had a beautiful relationship. All because of God, a husband and wife became one in mind and heart. What an incredible testimony of what God can do in a marriage, through prayer.
Like never before, we need praying men and women who will stand in the gap to pray. The only reason I am here today, preaching the Gospel, is because of prayer. Grandpa and Grandma Kopp, Uncle Paul, Eddie and Naomi Farrel prayed for me for years. Perhaps there were others who prayed for me when I was a child. I know this is the reason why I am here.
Whoever would have thought that God would use my life? I look back to when I was in Baldwin Park High School, then in Vietnam, and when I came back, how God got hold of my life. He has done such a tremendous work in West Covina, Diamond Bar and the whole world. If I would have tried to plan it, it would have never happened––it was the plan of God, all because of prayer.
Now seeing and knowing what God can do through the power of prayer, I look ahead, and I wonder what He will do in the Church in the next ten years! I also continue to pray for my children, my loved ones, my friends, and even my enemies. Who knows what God will do in their lives?
God answers our prayers not because we are good,
but because He is good.
~A W. Tozer~
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