Ok, everyone…let’s be honest. Who hasn’t asked the question, “Why do we even need to pray? Isn’t God in control? Isn’t He just going to do what He’s going to do? How can prayer change that?” At some point in our lives, we have all asked this question. I have…Megan has…everyone has. Because I know the enemy would love for doubt to sneak in and distract you from praying for Bennett (or for anything!), I want to take a second and answer this question to prepare your hearts for joining us tonight at 8pm (Central Time).
We pray because it moves the Hand of God.
Here is one of my favorite verses on prayer and it provides a great illustration for us as well.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)
If we ask…we will receive! Why? Because God loves to give His children good gifts. If my children want something for Christmas, I enjoy hearing them ask for it even if I already know they want it and I plan to give it to them. It brings me a lot of joy to give them the gifts we have talking about. Prayer is the same way. It builds into the larger story of our relationship with God.
We pray because it strengthens our relationship with God.
But this verse not only promises us that we receive when we ask, it also tells us that we should ask in the context of our relationship with Jesus. Ultimately prayer is a relational action. God is in control and He has every right to do as He wills. We love Him not based on how He answers but because He is a loving Father who gives answers. No other religion promises a deity that listens and responds. In other faiths…man is ignored.
So because He loves us, He invites us in and let’s us share in the task of seeing His will done on this earth. Prayer is the means through which we take part in executing God’s plans on this planet. It’s like when I was a child and my dad let me sit in his lap and help steer the car. I know now that he was in total control of the car. His foot was on the pedals and he was strong enough to correct my steering if at any point I made a mistake. But I felt like I was a part of something huge! My dad trusted me with a responsibility and it strengthened our bond. He didn’t need me in that seat. But he wanted me in the seat. God doesn’t need us as much as He wants us. And when we join Him through prayer…it’s excites Him to move.
We pray because it’s our role in the battle.
This is a verse that has spoken to Megan recently about our role in this fight for Bennett’s life.
“But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.” (Nehemiah 4:9)
Whether you are facing a physical or spiritual threat, the greatest use of your time is spent in prayer. God’s protection and His angel armies (like the Chris Tomlin song) are unleashed when we pray for His protection day and night. Choosing to fight in a posture of prayer rather than a posture of attack glorifies The Lord and shows the world whose power we trust most.
Are you ready? God is.
God is ready to step on the gas in Bennett’s life and He is inviting you to join Him. He loves you so much that He is asking right now, “Do you want to come sit in my lap and see what I’m about to do?” I’m so glad that through Bennett, God has given us the chance to sit in His lap. For the last several weeks we have been in His lap for comfort and the wiping away of tears. Tonight we will be in His lap to steer the wheel of His will and move His hand to begin healing Bennett. Join us at 8pm and let’s ask God to step on it!
And just to prove that prayer works…here are few updates from a great day up here.
- WE GOT OUT OF ISOLATION!!!!! Thank you Lord! I know that so many have been praying for this and even in just the last 24 hours, I know of several that were praying specifically for this.
- Bennett’s blood tests yesterday showed that his liver function is the best that it has been in weeks! We asked specifically for people to be praying for this and we are seeing it happen. Our doctor said today, “I don’t know why all the sudden there is such a marked improvement! I don’t know how long it will last or what caused it exactly. It could be the chemo or it could be the power of prayer. I’m choosing both and I’m cautiously optimistic that this is a good sign.” Just to let you know how great this is…the better his liver is functioning, the more chemo he can get. The more chemo he can get, the more cancer cells we can kill.
So thank you for praying! Thank you for joining us for what I hope will impact your relationship with Jesus as well. Don’t forget there is a prayer guide to use if you want.
Joining with you at 8pm tonight! And in the comments, let us know what city and state you are praying from…we would love to see how many places are covering our Bennett in prayer!