Prayer changes things

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prayer changes things
{Guest devotional by Renee Fisher}

As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,  “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. Luke 18:35, 40-43 (NIV)

Have you ever felt like Jesus can’t hear you, and for whatever reason the crowds of this life try to choke you and keep you from crying out? 

In these times, remember this: Anguish leads to a powerful prayer life

Don’t let Satan make you believe otherwise. When Jesus finally heard the blind man he stopped. Yes, that’s right. He looked right into his eyes--which could not yet see--and asked the man, “What do you want me to do for you?”

What a powerful question. 

Thankfully this man didn’t hesitate. Instead of telling Jesus his sob story or trying to explain the reasons why he was blind, he simply asked.

You can do that too. You can just ask. We have that ability through the power of prayer. 

In One Year Alone with God, Ava Pennington writes,

Anguish leads to a powerful prayer life devotional diva“Intercessory prayer causes us to look beyond our interests as we become aware of the needs and burdens of others…Intercessory prayer is critical if we are having difficulty forgiving someone else. It is almost impossible to stay angry with a person when we ask God to help us see them through His perspective, and pray for Him to bless them abundantly!”

We might think prayer helps change God or speed up the process of healing, but in fact, it changes you! (tweet this)

Just like the blind man, we need more than just physical healing. We need to see God and experience His forgiveness!

Adapted from “Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me” (Harvest House, 2013). Learn more about prayer and the power of forgiveness by purchasing your copy here

{About the author of this guest devotional}
Renee Fisher, the Devotional Diva®, is the spirited speaker and author of Faithbook of JesusNot Another Dating BookForgiving Others, Forgiving Me, and Loves Me Not. A graduate of Biola University, Renee’s mission in life is to “spur others forward” (Hebrews 10:24) using the lessons learned from her own trials to encourage others in their walk with God. She and her husband, Marc, live in California with their dog, Rock Star. Learn more about Renee at and

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