As we look around our world today, we see many issues. We see people who are hungry and have no way of providing food for themselves. We see hatred on every level, and it seems to be growing by the minute. We see many of our leaders plagued with greed and being controlled by interests groups who want their agendas heard. We see family members fighting against family members, and instead of standing together, they are going their own ways. We see unjust rulings in our judicial system, and we see favoritism given to those who are wealthy. If we took the time to list all of the negative things in our world, the list would be endless. In spite of all of the gloom and doom we see around us, God has given us a weapon to help right many wrongs. He has given us the power of prayer.
When situations are beyond our control, we need to pray. When we don’t know what to do, we need to pray. When the world seems to be turned upside down, we need to pray. When we are at our wits end, we need to pray. Some would refute this principle, but when they have repeated the same fruitless behaviors to no avail, maybe they will turn to prayer.
One of the aspects of prayer is turning obstacles over to God and asking for His intervention. It is seeking His guidance and direction. It is trusting Him to direct the courses of our lives.
Is there a situation that you have found overwhelming? Are there people who you feel inadequate to help? Are you frustrated and don’t know where to turn? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you should try prayer. And once you’ve prayed, expect answers. They may not come quickly, but if you persist in prayer and wait in earnest expectation, answers will come. And don’t be surprised if God decides to use you to help change a situation or be an answer to the very prayer you prayed.