Life changes, people change...often, our situations change!
Sometime for the better, and sometime, not so much.
How many of you have something in your life you'd like to change?
Raise your hand...
Wow, that many, okay..
It is often said that “Prayer Changes Things!” I'd also like to say, that “Prayer Changes Us!”
It is true that your prayers will change things around you but sometimes your prayers change you.
To make it more personal, “Prayer Changes Me!” At times our situation even remains the same; but we are different.
"Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
Prayer Changes Things
The Book of Acts, and the
Bible in general shows many examples of circumstances and situations
that were totally changed as a direct result of prayer. Peter and John
prayed in Acts 3 and the lame man was healed. In Acts 12, Peter is
delivered from prison and possibly death as a direct result of a prayer
meeting in session at Mary’s house. Paul and Silas prayed at midnight
and a miracle immediately took place in their prison prayer room Acts 16. Paul and others prayed on the ship in the midst of a long storm,
and their lives were spared Acts 27
In Isaiah 38, Hezekiah received a shocking message, “…Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.”
The situation was desperate and the prophecy spelled certain doom. The situation was changed as Hezekiah turned to the wall and began to weep and pray. God said, “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.”
Our prayers have a positive effect on God and the future can even be changed through prayer. It is a Scriptural principle that “Prayer Changes Things!”
Elijah prayed and it did not rain for three and one half years. He prayed again and the circumstances changed again; it rained. James 5:17-18 Many other examples could be given of how “Prayer Changes Things!” However, we need to look at how “Prayer Changes Us!” How does “Prayer Change Me?”
Prayer Changes Us
They believed that through boldness, speaking the word, and dependence on Jesus Christ other notable miracles would be done. They understood that more miracles would result in more trouble for them. It did not matter.
There are things in all of our lives that must die through prayer, fasting, and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ.
“It is not so important what happens to us...
"What is more important is what happens in us.”
Paul prayed three times for his circumstances with a “thorn in the flesh” to change. God finally said, “My grace is sufficient!”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Paul concluded that God had refused his prayer so that he would not be “exalted above measure.”
Paul’s “thorn” kept him from becoming proud and exalting himself because of the many revelations that God had given to him. Paul’s “thorn” was not specifically described so that all of us who have “thorns in the flesh” will be able to identify with Paul.
He’s still working on me; to make me what I ought to be!
The Psalmist David wrote “The Penitent’s Psalm” of Psalms 51.
This Psalm was written after Nathan, the prophet, had come to David revealing his sin of adultery with Bathsheba, and the murder of her husband in 2 Samuel 12:1-13. David did not ask for a change in his circumstances but cried out “Lord, Change Me!” You can read about this in Psalms 51:1-19. He prays for a clean heart, and a right spirit. He knew that “a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart...” in Psalms 51:17 was necessary for the Lord to make a change in him. David basically prayed, “Lord, I have sinned against you! Clean me up! Change me so that I can be a blessing to your people.” This attitude was quite different from that expressed by Saul. When he sinned, he said, “...I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel...”
1 Samuel 15:30
He was not interested in a real change in his life through repentance. He was more interested in how he appeared before the people.
To Be Like JesusPrayer allows us to become like Jesus. It is said, “You show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.” The type of friends that we have serves as a good indicator of who we are. Jesus has promised to be our friend that “…sticketh closer than a brother.”
The Apostle Paul said that he came “declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
1 Corinthians 2:1-2
He was able to declare the testimony of God because he spent time with Him. Our greatest desire should be to live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to God.
Our Prayer and Sacrifice
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
When we, in prayer, present ourselves as a living sacrifice and refuse to be conformed to this world; we become transformed.
To be “transformed” means that we will be “changed.” This comes about by the “renewing of your mind.”
Our mind is renewed and our life changed through:
- Bible Study and Bible Reading
- Reading Christian books
- Listening to the Word of God
- Submitting to the work of God in our live
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
- In closing...
Prayer Changes Us!
Lord, I pray...
Let Prayer Change Me!
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord life up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
Now and forever, in Jesus' name
Brian Monzon Ministries