Ezra believed God’s hand was on them, so rather than ask for protection from men, he prayed.
The Bible tells what happened: “We fasted and implored God for this, and he listened to our entreaty” (Ezra 8:23).
Take prayer, and God’s answers, seriously.
We are a needy people and only God can meet our needs.
Ask, and it will be given to you (Matthew 7:7).
I made a very specific request.
I got a very specific answer.
That’s how I know God answers prayer.
I got a curious phone message last week, from someone I love: “Please call me. I have something to tell you.”
I called as soon as I could, and heard these words: “Remember that guy you prayed for during my college days? He just informed that he was baptized because he believes in Jesus!”
For years, the two us prayed faithfully for his salvation. And now his friend is a brother!
Click here to see the verses we prayed: https://ablogonprayer.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/prayingsalvationforothers1.pdf
And keep on praying for the salvation of those you love! The next prayer God answers might be yours!
God always answers prayer.
Ask and it will be given to you (Matthew 7:7).
We talked to each other. Sincerely, from our hearts.
Then we prayed. Sincerely, from our hearts.
The very next day, God answered.
If my people pray than I will hear from heaven and heal their land (from 2 Chronicles 7:14).
My middle daughter recently told me this story: “We had given up hope. I prayed one more time. The thought flashed through my mind that I should look through the file box again. It seemed ridiculous, because I had looked so many times, but I got out of bed, and opened a folder. The social security card we were looking for dropped out.”
Do not give up! God answers prayer.