I’m going to share one of my favorite quotes, but it’s a long one.
So, you can read it below, or you can skip down and hear my ‘version’ of it. I figured that those of you who don’t want to tackle words like ‘brethren’ would still want to enjoy the thought. 🙂
‘Brethren, do you believe in prayer? I know you pray because you are God’s people; but do you believe in the power of prayer? There are a great many Christians that do not, they think it is a good thing, and they believe that sometimes it does wonders; but they do not think that prayer, real prayer, is always successful. They think that its effect depends upon many other things, but that it has not any essential quality or power in itself. Now, my own soul’s conviction is, that prayer is the grandest power in the entire universe; that it has a more omnipotent force than electricity, attraction, gravitation, or any other of those secret forces which men have called by names, but which they do not understand. Prayer hath as palpable, as true, as sure, as invariable and influence over the entire universe as any of the laws of matter. When a man really prays, it is not a question whether God will hear him or not, he must hear him; not because there is any compulsion in the prayer, but there is a sweet and blessed compulsion in the promise. God has promised to hear prayer, and he will perform his promise. As he is the most high and true God, he cannot deny himself. Oh! to think of this; that you a puny man may stand here and speak to God, and through God may move all the worlds.’ – Charles Spurgeon
Guys, do we actually believe in prayer? I mean, not just pray because we’re supposed to do it, but actually believe that prayer works.
Most of us don’t. Most of us think that prayer is really good and really important and that sometimes it does amazing things, but most of us don’t believe that prayer is ALWAYS successful. We feel uncomfortable with that thought. Our experience of the world leads us to limit prayer to a useful tool for personal development rather than embrace it as an unstoppable force in the hands of an omnipotent God.
The truth is: prayer is the most powerful thing in the world. It is more effective than electricity or gravity. It has as much real and tangible power in the universe as the laws of physics.
When we pray, God hears us. He must hear us because He made a promise to do so. The one thing God is not free to do is act in a way that is not in accordance with His character so we can bank everything on what He says about Himself.
Imagine what would be different in our lives if we actually believed that as broken and messed up as we are – we can speak to the real and only God and that He actually will respond by moving mountains.