The Power of Prayer



The Bible tells us to pray.  I Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray continually.  Hebrews 4:16 tells us to approach the throne of grace with confidence.  Philippians 4:6 encourages us to not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  One of my favorite scriptures is James 5:16 which states the prayer of a righteous man is powerful (it will availith much or can accomplish much).


I know the power of prayer.  I have seen it in action.  I want to talk to God (that is all prayer is, talking to God) everyday.  Sometimes I talk to Him several times a day.  If you have a doubt about the power of prayer I want to tell you of something that happened to me recently.


I always pray for safety when traveling.  Our highways are becoming so dangerous!  When I leave the yard with the horses and trailer (my precious cargo) I pray before, during and after the trip.


A few weeks ago I attended the TNT barrel race in Colorado Springs.  We always unhook the truck while we are there because we are there for four days.  When the day came to come home I hooked the truck to the trailer (I pull a gooseneck that is big and heavy).  The trailer dropped onto the ball, I latched the hitch and drove home.  It is 120 miles from my house to Colorado Springs.


I did not unhook the trailer after we got home because two days later we left for Salina, Utah.  I am not certain of how many miles it is from my house to Salina but we must go over Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass.  It can be some tricky mountain driving.


In Salina we camp and keep the horses at a private facility.  I did not unhook while we were there because we had to pull to the arena everyday for four days.


By now I had pulled that trailer over 700 miles, through the mountains of Colorado, up and down hills and around curves.


On Monday morning (the morning we were to come home) I was sitting outside the camper enjoying the quiet when I happened to look at my trailer hitch.  To my shock the hitch was only riding on about one third of the ball!  There was two thirds of the ball showing below the hitch!


You can have your own opinion about why my trailer did not take a trip on its own and possibly injure or kill one or both of my horses.  I know and have no doubt it was the power of prayer that kept that trailer on the hitch.  There is absolutely no other explanation.


The Bible tells us God will send His angels to have charge over us (Psalm 91:11).  I had to apologize to God and the angels because I figured by the time the Lord drew my eyes to my hitch they were all pretty pooped out from keeping the trailer where it belonged and keeping my horses and me safe!


There is no other explanation.  I want to encourage you today to pray.  Pray for safety.  Pray for healing.  Pray for your loved ones.  Pray for your animals.  Pray for your fellow competitors.  Pray blessing upon all you meet.  Pray continually, boldly, with pure motive.  The God who is the God of all living things will hear your prayer!  I guarantee it!  If you have no specific requests just talk to God.  He’ll be very happy to hear from you!