When we pray, we usually have an idea of what the answer should be. We have pinpointed a need or desire, and our focus is narrow. We have no idea of what the sweeping implications might be. We simply want OUR mountains moved.
God always has a bigger plan — one we can’t begin to visualize. And He has infinite ways of implementing it. His answer may touch many lives beyond our own.
Irv Mason was an alcoholic. His wife prayed daily for his deliverance. She was grieved by the misery his habit brought to their family, but she wouldn’t give up. She didn’t argue, chide or rebuke him. She loved him — and prayed. Her answer came when Irv gave his life to Christ—and poured the liquor down the drain. End of story? No. Irv became active in church. His son, who also felt the effect of his mom’s prayers, became a pastor. Her prayers had a far-reaching impact.
When you pray, don’t underestimate the power of your intercession. It can reach heaven and rearrange things on earth. God’s answers are often more expansive than our requests. The ripples go on and on, down through future generations. Prayer is the beginning of all good things.
I will pray for my family this week.