Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Power of Prayer

"...Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible." Matthew 17:20

"How can I pray for you?" She sent this same text to me every week. The first time I received the text I was surprised. I barely knew this other mom and she cared enough to spend time in prayer over me? 

"We've been praying for you." The woman in the nursery said. Again, this was someone I had just met who had heard about our move through a mutual friend. They had been praying for us for weeks. 

"You guys are missed, so very much. I will pray that God places people in your path that can lead you to a beautiful fellowship."

"You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, Mel." 

"I've been thinking about you and praying for you today! I know how hard it is to be away from family..." 

I can't even keep count of how many people have literally wrapped my family in prayer since we moved. The comfort of knowing that so may people have been sending up heartfelt prayers regarding our move, our adjustment, and our well being is indescribable.

"Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." Ephesians 6:18

The peace I have felt the last several weeks feels almost unreal. Moving wrecked me in a way that I didn't anticipate. Being surrounded by people who loved me and my family and having to leave it all behind was excruciatingly painful. But, for weeks now I've felt not just a calm, but I've been given the freeing feeling that this was the right thing to do. I have no doubt that this has to do with prayer. 

I'm so thankful for all the prayers. I'm so thankful for the new and old friends who have loved us enough to pray - it has made all the difference. And most importantly I know that God is looking down on us in love. All the power in prayer is His. Everything will go according to His good and perfect will. 

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of Him." 1 John 5:14-15

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