PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Answered PrayersTim Savage
13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! John 14
Jesus says that we should pray and our prayers will be answered. This is sometimes a challenging and confusing issue for many, including me. Often I feel that my prayers may not be worthy, sometimes I question whether my selfish wants are in line with God’s will, and while we must always check our motives for what we are praying for, we must follow His direction to pray, have faith and believe. This past week has been one of many answered prayers for me personally. There were several times when the Lord answered specific prayers right in front of my eyes, changing bad situations to good, correcting attitudes and motives, repairing broken relationships and bringing victory from certain defeat. I saw the Lord work in ways that only He could. I was reminded of His power over the elements and nature as we filmed on the remote and isolated Kalaupapa coast on the island of Molokai. Clouds, wind and rain blew in over the sheer cliffs threatening an important day of shooting, but prayers were answered as the skies cleared in time for the day’s work to begin. I also saw God answer a prayer that, to some, would seem completely trivial, but to me was important. My son played in a tennis tournament this past weekend and got off to a horrible start with a terrible warm up, he felt overwhelmed and was close to a meltdown. All he wanted was a quick and painless defeat, but after a prayer for a good match, not necessarily a win, just a good experience, he ended up winning, not just the match, but the tournament, playing great tennis along the way. I saw his deflated condition during warm ups, then I saw him completely turn it around in the space of just a couple of minutes and I can’t explain it, except to say that God answered that prayer. The most profound experience of God’s power and answered prayer was the repair of a broken relationship between two very important people in my life. The filming in Kalaupapa must have been important in the spiritual realm because the enemy was working full time in creating misunderstanding, mistrust and misinformation all during our prep. With emotions running high and time running out a problem developed that potentially had very serious consequences. But the prayers of many righteous people did not return void – through an almost miraculous change of heart God not only brought the two back together, but grew that relationship even deeper and stronger.
I will make prayer an even bigger part of my life, checking my motivations along the way, but taking my hopes, fears and needs to the One and Only with the power to provide.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for answering prayer. In Jesus name, Amen