Does God Answer Prayer?

You better believe He does! But don’t believe me, read your bible and learn the truth. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this timeless sermon by the great D.L. Moody, originally delivered in 1864 in Scotland –

Does God Answer Prayer?

I suppose there has been no word on Christians’ lips so frequently at this time as the word “prayer,” and there is not one in this hall who has not thought often, during the last forty-eight hours, of the importance of prayer.

During this week of prayer, they are a great many not only thinking about it, but talking about it. When there is a special interest and awakening in the community on the subject of religion, then it is that a great many skeptics and infidels, and a great many mere nominal professors of Christianity – we will not judge them – begin talking against “prayer.”

They say, “The author of the world doesn’t change His plans because of these prayers. The world goes right on. You cannot move God to change His mind or His doings.” You hear this on every side. These young converts hear it. I have no doubt that many are staggered by it, and when you kneel down you say, `Is it a fact that God answers prayer? Is there anything in it?’

I think it would do us good in the week of prayer to take the word “prayer,” and run through the Bible tracing it out. Read about nothing else. I think you would be perfectly amazed if you took up the word “prayer,” and counted the cases in the Bible where people are recorded as praying, and God answering their prayers.

A great many think it is only the perfectly righteous and pure that pray. But you remember who it was who prayed in this fashion, “Lord remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom.” You remember that Christ answered the dying thief’s prayer.

We cannot but notice that every man of God spoken of in the Bible was a man of prayer. You have therefore very good authority and encouragement for asking God to hear your prayers, and for praying on behalf of others, as we are daily requested to do. Many are surprised at these requests. But many mothers and fathers are rejoicing that they sent them in. The prayers offered up here have been answered, and their children have been saved.

Last night I was more confirmed in my views regarding the power of prayer than ever. “This is all excitement,” some say; “it is got up by earnest appeals that work on the feelings of people, and move their impulses, making them uneasy and anxious.” Now, for example, there was nothing said last night to speak of, and I never was more disgusted with myself than I was on Sunday -night. It seemed as if I could not preach the Gospel, as if my tongue would not speak. But still the number of inquirers was extraordinary.

Last night, when there was no speaking at all, and when I just came in and asked that any inquirers might follow me into the moderator’s room, taking a few with me, and expecting to come in and ask out a few more when I had seen these, the number was so great that came out without solicitation that I did not need to return. I saw over a hundred inquirers last night, and there were from fifty to seventy that I had to close the door on, being unable to see them.

A great many who have not been at the meetings at all, have been converted in their own homes. God is working, not we. Oh! that we would keep ourselves down in the dust, and every one of us get out of the way, and let God work. It would be so easy for Him to go into every dwelling in Edinburgh, and convict and convert ten thousand souls.

Look at the 6th verse of the 4th chapter of Philippians. “Be careful for nothing, but in everything” – mark that – “by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.” He doesn’t say He will answer all, but He says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.”

He tells us to make our wants known; to make our requests known to Him by prayer and supplication. It is right to come and make our requests known. He has told us to come and pray for the conversion of souls.

It is said by many people that God does not do anything supernatural in answer to prayer; that the God of nature moves right on and never changes His decrees. Read the first six verses of the 20th chapter of 2nd Kings, and see – “In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death: and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech Thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before Thee in truth, and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in Thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah, the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David, thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee; on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord, and I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the King of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”

Was not that a direct answer to prayer? Hezekiah was only praying for his own life; we are come together to pray for the life of others, and not their temporal but their eternal welfare. He was not praying for Christ’s sake as we now do, but we can come to-day and ask God to save the souls of men for Christ’s sake, not only for our sake, but for the sake of the beloved Son. He loves to honor that Son, and to see Christ honored. We can come now and ask Him to save souls, that it might bring glory and honor to the Son of His bosom, and glory and honor to the Son He delights to honor. “I will,” He says to Hezekiah, “defend the city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.” That is only one instance.

Look also at Daniel praying. It was his prayers that took the Jews back to Jerusalem. It was his prayers that turned Nebuchadnezzar to the God of Israel, and brought Gabriel down from heaven to tell him he was greatly beloved. He had power with God.

See also how God answered Jacob’s prayers and Isaac’s prayers. All through the Bible we have records of the answers to prayers. It would be terrible to think that God did not delight to answer prayer.

Turn to the 20th chapter of 2nd Chronicles. There we read that the Moabites, the Ammonites, and others coming against Jehoshaphat, he was afraid, “and set himself to seek the Lord,” and that afterwards Judah “gathered themselves together to ask help of the Lord.” That is what we want – to seek the Lord not only here in the public assembly, but alone. If you have got an unconverted friend, and are anxious that he should be saved, go and tell it privately to Jesus, and if a blessing does not come, like Jehoshaphat, spend a few days in fasting, and prayer, and humiliation.

“If when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in Thy presence (for Thy name is in this house), and cry unto Thee in our affliction, then Thou wilt hear and help.”

When I go into the streets, and see the terrible wickedness, and blasphemy, and drunkenness that is in them, it seems dark, but I look up and think that God can repel those dark waves of sin and iniquity. Let us pray that God will bless this land of Scotland, bless and save all the people in it. It would be a great thing for us, but very little for God. May God give us faith!

–Message delivered by Dwight L. Moody at the noon prayer-meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan. 6, 1874.

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Is There Still A Super Power? An Interview You Cannot Miss!

People long with sentiment back to the good old days when America was seemingly the strongest, most dominant super power in the world. Sane and rational people, not the uber left of course, cherished this position of power, not so that we could impose our will throughout the world, but more because we could control our own destiny here at home. Alas, those days seem to be long gone, and one has to wonder “Did we cherish our role enough?” Apparently not, because we let it sift through our hands as quickly as fine sand.

Here is some very good news! Not only do we still have the power, but it really has never left us. As I have stated many times in this blog, what is happening to us right now is very real, and based in the reality of the every day events that are drowning us in chaos with disaster upon disaster. But, the power shift and all of its spin-driven daily bombardment of nonsense is in a large part illusory! I have referred to the “Three Card Monte,” “The Tail Wagging The Dog,” “The Man Behind the Curtain Syndrome,” and of course, the fake power of the “The Fourth Estate,” as phrases to describe the phenomena of what is happening not just to our country, but to the world at large.

Think for a moment. What inside you has changed? If you’re reading this post, chances are that you would describe yourself as a conservative, maybe independent or libertarian, and most likely you have a belief in God.

So please think about the way that this administration has changed you in the last couple years. Think about the positives and the negatives, because your power base is derived from both places. We effect more clear change from the positive, that is true. But we also many times are motivated by the negative things unless we allow those things to destroy us. You’ve heard the expression “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I very much believe in that philosophy because I’ve lived it!

If you are the average United States citizen, who truly cares about your country, I’m certain that many of you would describe the past two years as a time that you have undergone deep, jugular change in virtually every area of your life. You have probably become more proactive in your political and ideological stances. I’m sure that most of you have become much more sensitive to what is being told to you by our government and the media. You have probably erred on the side of discernment more often than not. I could go on, but I’m sure you get the idea.

Many of us believe in the power of political change. We are seeing both the positive and negative effects that political change can have on us as individually, as a nation of people, and our world – our cosmic home where we are forced to share our stewardship with that of many whose motives in life we cannot relate to or understand.

The power of the press is a power that if you were passively or subtly aware of prior to the massive sea change that took place in 2007-2008, you are most certainly top minded about in 2011. It got a president elected while many of us weren’t paying attention!

So the power of politics and the power of the press are both very influential powers that at some times seem to have a vice grip on us collectively and individually.

However, as I stated at the top of this post, I have very good news for you about another type of power. The power of prayer.

The power of prayer is greater, and more powerful than any inward our outward power we as individuals possess or can use effectively to create dynamic change not just in us but around us. Prayer is a gift that the God who created us all gave us mortals as a way to communicate with Him. Can you think of any greater power than that? I cannot. What power is there that can possibly be greater than the power to communicate with the Creator of the universe?!? Can you name one that even comes close? I cannot.

I have lived a bountiful life on this planet earth and I have yet to encounter a mightier way to express destiny, love, forgiveness, compassion and repentance that nears the power of prayer. Hundreds of thousands of books have been written about it, including the most popular book of positive power in the history of the world, the Holy Bible. More people have talked about this power than any other subject since the dawn of mankind in the way of sermons from the pulpit.

Millions upon millions of people are feeling the direct power of prayer right at this second as I write this post.

I have attempted to incorporate prayer into everything I do, because the people that I most admire in this world, both dead and alive have lived their lives by this principle, and I am trying my best to emulate them. But more importantly, because the living Christ has given me this personal interview. This personal dialogue. This form of communication that is available to me 24 hours a day, every day of my mortal life.

Ponder this for a moment. If you received a call from the White House this evening, and it was David Axelrod, and he told you that out of a pool of people, the President had selected you for a private meeting next Monday at 7:00 for one hour to discuss anything that was of importance to you, would you decline? Not likely. I don’t care what your politics or world view, you would NEVER say, “sorry, Axelrod, I’m too busy that day. I have to download several of the latest applications for my i-phone, stop by the Starbucks for my $5.00 Frappacino and get on with the business of daily living. There’s the kids, work, my never-ending list of chores, and of course, my social life. Would you please tell the president to forget about it? Thanks anyway.”

No I’m sure that your stomach would immediately go into permanent butterfly stage, you would hardly sleep between now and next Wednesday preparing yourself for the meeting. You would tell all of your friends and loved ones about the meeting and its great importance to you. You would certainly begin preparing your physical body with a visit to the hairstylist or barber. If you’re a woman, you might shop for hours for that special outfit. If you are a man, you would be certain that your very best suit had visited the cleaners and your favorite tie was without blemish. Why, you might even get a pedicure or manicure, right? Yes, you would be in rare form for your meeting with the President of the United States.

What if the agent for your favorite music star or actor called and said “We know what a huge fan you are of Mr. Springsteen,” or “Ms. Streep,” or whoever it might be, “and they would like to have dinner with you next Wednesday evening at 9:00 for an exclusive private meeting in the banquet room of their favorite upscale restaurant in your town. Can I put you down for a yes?” What would your response be? “Well, I’d love to meet with The Boss, but I have a such a busy schedule that Wednesday. I’ve got to get the kids to bed and I have to hit the rack early that night anyway. I’m always exhausted by 9:00 pm, and I won’t be able to wait for my head to hit the pillow.” Or maybe you might have this response for Ms. Streep’s agent. “You know, she has always been one of my all time favorite actresses, but the fact is, she hasn’t been in anything lately that I really like. If she starts to be more prominent, or picks better roles, I would consider it. But not at this time.”

I doubt you would have any of theses replies. You would be sure that your digital camera was all charged up and your memory card was empty. You would most likely have something ready for them to sign. You would hardly be able to keep from talking about the impending meeting until the moment it arrived and the stretch Hummer stopped at your door to pick you up.

Let’s say that you received a call from your best friend’s spouse. Your best friend recently had to move away to another part of the country, and when they first moved you were talking with them every day on the phone, but the calls came fewer and farther between because life had become so busy. Then came this call. “I just wanted you to know. We received a pretty hard blow today. Nancy hasn’t been feeling up to par lately so we’ve been to the doctor quite a bit. Today we got the news. It’s untreatable cancer, very advanced, very aggressive. I’m afraid there’s only a few days remaining. She requested that I call you right away. She’d like to see you one last time before she dies.” What would your response be? I doubt that you would say, “I’m sorry, I just can’t make it. I’m shocked to hear of this terrible turn of events, but I just need to catch up with my social networking. My Facebook and Twitter accounts have been so neglected lately. Please tell Nancy it’s been nice knowing her. Thanks for letting me know.”

You would never think to give such a reply. You would be on the next flight, praying every minute that they hold on long enough until you can get there. You’d drop everything. You’d cancel every plan, no matter what the cost. Your life would be forever changed by a one minute phone call.

Are you starting to get my point?

Now please think about this. You have an appointment, an interview with the Almighty God! The creator of everything around you and in you! It cannot wait or be postponed! You are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to meet with the One who breathed the breath of life into your lungs! The One who knows everything about you. Who loves you with the greatest and most important love of all. This appointment must be kept. It’s called prayer. The power of prayer is the greatest power you now possess or will ever possess. The power of prayer moves the hands that rule the entire universe. You cannot evade this, your greatest meeting, another minute. God is waiting to hear from you! What will your answer be?