AN ENCOURAGING WORD: Answered Prayer: VOICE of the Valley

Do you believe in prayer? The Bible tells us, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7. What comforting words do we have from the Lord, but how many believe that prayer works? After reading this, you may want to reflect a little more on your beliefs and your prayer life.

Many years ago, a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians showed that ninety-nine percent of physicians believed there was a relationship between faith and physical healing. On another occasion, more than a thousand medical professionals gathered at Harvard Medical School to examine this connection between spirituality and healing.

A California study further showed support for the effectiveness of prayer in a study of a group recovering from heart problems. “About two hundred heart patients were assigned to Christians who prayed for them, while an equal number, a control group, received no known prayers. Neither group was aware of the prayers, but those who received the prayer developed half the complications experienced by those in the control group.

We don’t need to take a poll to know that prayer works. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a snake? If, therefore, although wicked, you know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven do good things to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:7,9-11. God always answers prayer, yes, no, or wait. Whatever the answer, we can be sure it will always be in his perfect will and for us and will bring him the most glory.

Maybe it’s time you asked for prayer from a Christian who believes in prayer, or better yet, ask Jesus yourself. The Bible says, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” – James 5:16. Our world certainly needs prayer. Are we going to pray?

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