The Power of Prayer

"All men, Socrates, who have any degree of right feeling at the beginning of every enterprise, whether small or great, always call upon God." (Plato C. 428-348 B.C.)

This week, a personal testimony as to the power of prayer. After my cancer bout 18 months ago Vera and I decided to put our names on the waiting list for a retirement unit. Although I have a clean bill of health, major surgery has left me less able to look after a large house and 1 acres of gardens. At 74 years of age things don't get any easier.

In late July I heard that a unit was to become available although we were some way down the waiting list. Yet I knew that it was for us and never lost faith - it was the subject of our daily prayers. Those prayers were finally answered when we were offered the unit 3 weeks ago. So what do you do about selling a property in a quiet real estate market? A house further along the street had been listed for 18 months. You pray about it, because unless we could sell the house we could not accept the unit. Our local agent (their slogan is 'Nobody does it better') did some limited promotion. The third party to view the property signed a contract - this only after one week. So, on October 7th we will downsize and move in to our unit.

Nobody?? I must inform the agent that God does it better.

I have always been intrigued by verse 20 in Matthew 17 that tells us that if we have faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for us. The true implication of that statement managed to escape me, perhaps it was symbolic and had no literal meaning. But Jesus was criticizing His disciples because He knew that such a high level of faith was beyond them, and beyond us. I can see Mt. Wellington through my window but I know that if I say to that mountain 'move from there to somewhere else' nothing will happen, I don't have the faith to believe that it will.

I'm not in the mountain moving business, but I do know that I have sufficient faith to put my trust in God to direct my path and provide for me - if I go to Him. As George Muller said: "The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety."

Some parts of Australia are suffering from drought. A country town arranged a special church service to pray for drought-breaking rain. Only one little girl took her umbrella.

Have a good week - expect a miracle.

Pastor Ron [email protected]

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