Do you believe in the power of prayer?
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
I invited my friend Wendy Blight to share with you today about Praying to God Our Promise-Keeper. Here is her beautiful story:
Knowing God by name. Calling upon God by name. Praying His Word … His Promises … back to Him are powerful and effective ways to usher God’s life-transforming work into our lives because our God is a Promise-Keeper.
But prayer is hard. It doesn’t come naturally to most women. I know it didn’t for me. The thought of praying out loud intimidated me. Made me feel uncomfortable.
I have also learned that without prayer, we will never get to know the promise-keeping side of God. In order to know our Promise-Keeper, we’ve got to interact with Him. Pray to Him. And more than just pray, pray His promises … His Word … back to Him. It’s the substance of His promises that transform our prayers to be those powerful and effective prayers James talks about in James 5:16.
This truth came alive to me last year at a women’s conference in Houston.
The women’s ministry leader invited me to share my testimony. It’s a hard story for me to tell. In 1986, just days after my graduation from Baylor University, I fell victim to an armed, masked man hiding in my apartment. The horrific events of that June day locked me in a prison of fear for years. I hated God. I felt abandoned and forgotten by the One I grew up believing loved and cared for me.
A few weeks after my attack, a friend gave me this promise: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6, NIV). But at the time, it meant nothing. In fact, I saw it as a lie. He had forsaken me. He sat on his throne in heaven and watched what happened to me and did nothing.
Thankfully, God did not leave me in that dark place. As time passed, my heart slowly opened to God’s Word. It was a long and arduous journey, but over a decade later, through much prayer and the transforming power of His Word healing came. Freedom came. My test became a powerful testimony.
As I closed my message and stepped off the stage, a woman walked up and shared her story. Little did I know it was my story too.
She had been a student at Baylor at the time of my attack. She was part of a ministry whose leader invited them to pray for the young woman who had been attacked (me). They prayed a passage from Psalm 62 over me every week … for two years! They prayed the promises of the Promise-Keeper.
Grasp the miracle here. At the very time I felt abandoned by God, He had raised up believers to pray. And not just pray, but pray God’s Word. His promises. She showed me her Bible. Yes, she still had it! Next to the passage was 1986 and my name.
As I read the passage, I saw clearly how each promise had come alive in my life. My promise-keeping God had honored each and every one.
I pray my story not only encourages you to pray but also opens doors for you to invite others to pray. Because you never know what God is up to in the midst of all those prayers!
Will you join me in praying God’s Word back to the One who is our Promise-Keeper? He always honors His Word. In fact, Isaiah 55:11 promises His Word will never return void and will accomplish everything He desires and achieve every purpose for which He sent it … even thirty years later!
In addition to God Our Promise-Keeper, there are hundreds of Names of God. I invite you to visit Wendy’s blog to get a sneak peek of her newest Bible study, I Know His Name and also sign up for her FREE companion devotional, “5 Days to Knowing God More Intimately.”
Wendy Blight says
Ellen, thank you for sharing my new book, “I Know His Name,” and my message about our God our Promise-Keeper. And I really love how you opened us up today with James 5:16. Such a powerful Scripture.
It’s gives me such comfort to know we worship a God who not only gives us a book filled with truths and promises but also ensures we know He is a KEEPER of His PROMISES!!
Wendy, I love your heart for the Lord, and believe absolutely in the power of praying God’s Word! Thank you for this opportunity to share your story, your love for our Lord, and your book!
Sabra Penley says
What a powerful testimony! God is so good, even when we don’t see what He’s doing. I want to remember, Wendy and Ellen, just how important prayer is–and how lifting one another up to the Lord can have a life-changing impact. And be ever more faithful to pray.
Wasn’t it a beautiful testimony, Sabra? To find out all those years later about the women who prayed specifically for her. Doesn’t that just show how very personal God is? And yes, it is such a beautiful reminder to pray!
Tina Yeager says
Thanks for sharing your inspiring story, Wendy! As a therapist, I have worked with many women who needed reassurance that God’s loving presence has been with them all along. Especially in the darkest moments. May the power of His Word continue to bless others through your life.
Tina, thanks so much for your encouraging words. What a comfort to know that our God is with us even in those dark, dark times.
Yes and amen! I love how God has used Wendy’s testimony to bless many as I had the gift of hearing her last year. It is encouraging to know she persevered and God healed her during a ten year process and that she had someone praying for her for 2 years. Wow! Blessings and joy to you 🙂
Yes, I love her heart for the Lord, and how her story encourages all of us! What a miracle that all those women were praying for her specifically! Wendy’s story is such a beautiful example of how personal our God is. Thanks for visiting today Dolly!
Mary Geisen says
What a beautiful story and testimony! I am constantly amazed at the intricate ways God works in our lives as well as connects us to others. He creates the most beautiful stories. Thank you for sharing this space with Wendy today. Blessings!
Hi Mary! Yes, I love Wendy’s story! And I love how God connected her with the very woman that had prayed for her years before! He is so personal! Thanks for visiting today. Blessings to you, my friend!
This is an amazing testimony. I love when we get those little glimpses of what God has been doing when we haven’t been aware of it, that when we feel alone or abandoned he is often at work behind the scenes, using bad situations for good.
Oh, I love those glimpses too, Carly! I’m so glad you visited today! Blessings!