Instead of the Verse of the Day, today’s devotional centers on a life-changing time of ministry entitled “Prayer Works,” part of a series of teachings by Bishop Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC. The objective was to encourage and help believers to expect that their prayers of faith will produce results.
In speaking of developing a “prayer life” or “life of prayer,” he stated the prayer is our right and privilege to talk to God about situations that we are dealing with. As we pray to God, expressing our petitions, He reveals His will for us. God, as “the master planner,” wants us to plan, but He does not want us to exclude Him. Jeremiah 29:11-14 in the Amplified Bible speaks of God’s plans for us connected to our prayers to Him:
11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. 13 Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
In thinking about the title of the teaching, “Prayer Works,” one could think of the statement that prayer brings about results, where “works” is a verb meaning to have an effect, to produce, to bring about results by effort. On the other hand, one could view “works” as a noun, in the plural, something produced or accomplished by effort, exertion, or exercise of prayer. I recall this statement by Lord Alfred Tennyson: “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” No matter how you view it: “Prayer works!”
Among the scriptures emphasized during the teaching was Luke 18:1-8, where we find the Parable of the harsh judge and the persistent widow who continually pressed him for justice toward her adversary. In this account Jesus Christ teaches a valuable lesson about prayer and never giving up on our requests. This particular passage inspired the following poem:
Parable of the Persistent Widow
Once the Lord told a parable:
We should pray and not give up.
A widow made life unbearable
So that this judge was fed-up.
See, this lady drove him crazy,
Crying “I want my justice!”
She repeated, “Give it to me!”
As she raised such a ruckus.
This judge who feared neither God nor man
Gave in and answered her plea.
Keep on asking was her plan:
That’s how she won the victory
Here is the lesson we should learn:
If a harsh man will relent,
Surely God will show more concern
And be just to the fullest extent.
Give the Lord no rest but insist;
Knock on His door night and day:
You have whatever you say.
Prayer works for all who persist.
The accompanying video provides this stirring reminder: “The power of prayer should not be underestimated”: