Does our prayer influence God?
"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops" - James 5:16-17.
We have heard people say, “The only thing left to do is pray.” But, prayer is always the best thing we can do! Often when we face a difficult circumstance in our lives, rather than looking to God immediately, we complain, and we moan and groan to our friends. We get down in the dumps, we lose our faith, and we ask God where He is – while all the time the Scripture says we should bring our mountains to God so that He can move them for us. “We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all" - Oswald Chambers.
When we look at our nation today, we see mountains that seem absolutely insurmountable from a human point of view. When we look at these mountains, we tend to say, “Lord, there’s no way for these mountains to be moved.” That’s correct – for it will take a supernatural miracle of God to change what is happening. The most powerful resource we have as God’s people is in looking to God in prayer, believing Him to move the mountains that threaten to destroy this nation.
The type of praying that moves mountains is the prayer of faith. "All things are possible for him who believes” (Mark ). He says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). He says, “This is the confidence that we have in Him, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
Do we believe that God will move the mountains that keep us from being the people God wants us to be, or from being the nation God wants us to be? God is just as much in the mountain-moving business today as He was 2,000 years ago. What He’s looking for are men and women who are willing to trust Him, willing to get out on a limb and believe that God will intervene in any and every human circumstance.
The problem with Christians today is we don’t hold much of a burden for this country. While we see these mountains engulfing us, we run our way with our pleasure, doing the thing we want to do while God looks for Christians who are willing to be quiet and to feel the burden of what God feels. How many times have we said to God, “Lord, here’s what You said You would do. I am not giving up until You do it. I’ll keep sending it back up to You until the answer comes pouring out of heaven, just like I ask.” I believe when we can do that, the windows of heaven will open and a tremendous flood of the blessings of God will come upon us.
Focus on God, and not the mountain. We have to keep our focus upon God who moves the mountains and not on the mountains themselves. Remember – God is the mountain mover; we are the instruments; but prayer is God’s plan for moving the mountain. Prayer makes an awesome impact in our lives!
"The manifestation of great faith is to trust God without having received any indication of what you're believing God for".