Does Prayer Really Work?
by Patricia Day
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8 NKJV).
A very dear friend of mine married recently. A single Mom for a long time; she had suffered the gauntlet of loneliness and uncertainty, but during that time totally relied on God’s Grace and trusted in His Will for her life. There were desolate times but the day came when God revealed a very special gentleman for her. This man is a deeply devout man of faith. He places God first and foremost in his life, as she has always done.
It was a privilege to attend their wedding. It was a day of great celebration, thanksgiving and prayers of thanks.
Her long wait is now a memory. No more dreaming of wonderful things to come or for change – she is living her dream and her reality is good! She put her trust in God and He gave her the desire of her heart.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17 NKJV).
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV).
God longs to give each of us the desires of our hearts, although of course, the dream will be different for each of us. For example, we are not all intended to marry: we each have life skills to equip us for our specific callings. Such great expectations are not given to us quickly either, sometimes our wait is so long that we think our dreams will never come true.
The important lesson is that we continue to persevere, to pray and trust God to reveal the right path in life for us, knowing it will be worthwhile.
It is when we are content to accept that His plans are best for us and we embrace all He wants for us, that He can transform our realities into dreams come true. He is the One and only giver of all good things and trusting in His promises, we can all reach a happier place in life. We will find our dreams really can become our realities.
Father God, when our lives are in turmoil or we are dwelling in the shadows of doubt, may we totally lean on You. Please lead us along the pathway of life that You have planned for us. Grant us the perseverance to await Your perfect Will for our lives, no matter how long it may take. Make our reality a good place to be and let us rejoice in You always. Amen.
- How Is Your Spiritual Cover? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Does God Seem Absent? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Does God Hear Our Prayers? (familyandfaithmatters.wordpress.com)
Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally. She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married. Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.
Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.
Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication. Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.