Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 7:11-16
When you pray: God listens. Prayer is a powerful weapon; a weapon against sickness, depression, financial problems and temptation.
In the Bible there are several account of powerful prayers: Moses prayed and God spared the Israelites. Joshua prayer and God caused the sun to stand still. Hannah prayed and God gave her a baby boy. Solomon prayed and God gave him wisdom. Hezekiah prayed and God gave him fifteen more years to live. Elijah prayed and God sent rain and fire. Jonah prayed and God delivered him from the belly of the fish. The thief on the cross prayed and Jesus gave him eternal life.
In the midst of problems: the church must pray. Prayer can provide endless possibilities. Prayer solves problems, calms storms, heal sickness, comfort sorrows, lifts burdens, save sinners, lifts the fallen, restores the backslider, mends relationships, resolves differences, forgives sins, quenches thirst and revives a congregation. The key is to keep praying when nothing is happening.
Prayer needs to be our first resort, not our last. We need to pray for what God wants and not what we want. Jesus will always do what is right and prayer gets us to move God's way. Prayer is face to face talk with God. We can get by or we can get real with Jesus.
Pray regardless of what you think God's answer might be. God told Solomon: "if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways." When we do these things He tells us that "we will hear from heaven