I Believe in Prayer
The Key in the Hand of Faith
I am a Seventh-day Adventist Christian because someone prayed for me. I am a pastor because people prayed for me. And I was recently elected to be the president of Oklahoma because people prayed for me, and for God’s leading in Oklahoma. Of course, I was praying during those times as well. I believe in answered prayer and in the power of prayer. I have seen evidence of that all during my Christian experience. I believe the words in Steps to Christ are true: “Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence.” Prayer was the source of power and wisdom for Jesus, and it can be, and should be the same for us today, living in the last hours of earth’s history.
I don’t know all the people who prayed for me to become a Christian, but I found out after I had joined the church that relatives, former neighbors and friends, and work mates had prayed for me to become a Christian. I also found out that the pastor who baptized me had prayed for me to become a pastor. There is a story behind all of these experiences, but I share them to show how much prayer has shaped my life, and it continues to do so. My wife and I have even heard God speak to us in prayer separately when He shared the same message about which academy to send our children to.
We have also found that God answered our prayers for our children and for each other as we prioritized time alone with God, as well as daily family worship. It seems that prayer has held and cemented our family together and has been the foundation of our ministry to the churches. Everything seemed to spring naturally out of the prayer time. It affected our relationship with each person we met throughout the day and each situation that arose.
I am often reminded about Daniel’s prayer life as being the secret of his successful life and ministry in Babylon. We remember that he wouldn’t let anything interfere with it, even a death decree. He saw it as his lifeline to heaven and the source of his strength, as Jesus also did. A favorite verse of many is Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God.” In other words, take it to the Lord in prayer. He will get the victory.
A few other thoughts have encouraged me as well: “Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted, and the health of the soul be preserved...The greatest victories to the church of Christ or to the individual are not those gained by talent or education, by wealth, or the favor of men. They are those victories that are gained in the audience chamber with God,” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 203). God is as ready and willing to listen to the prayers of all of His children today as in times past, and answer them for His glory and for our good. Let us pray, then.