When we pray something happens even when we don’t see it in the moment we are in. The Bible reveals so much about what it is that we can expect when we pray.
God doesn’t want you to be surprised or unaware of what He has promised you. What God is going to do, needs to be known and understood by you, so when you pray, you can do so anticipating the results He has promised through the intercession of Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord.
This is how God rules in the world, in our lives and in the lives of others when we pray. According to the Scriptures here is what happens when we pray.
WE KNOW JOY
PSALM 16:11 (ESV) You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
WE OVERCOME TEMPTATION
MATTHEW 26:41 (ESV) Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
WE RECEIVE GOOD GIFTS
MATTHEW 7:11 (ESV) If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
OTHERS ARE BLESSED
JAMES 5:16 (ESV) Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
WE DO GREAT THINGS
JOHN 14:12-13 (ESV) Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
SOCIETY IS BLESSED
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2 (ESV) First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
WE ARE DELIVERED FROM EVIL
MATTHEW 6:13 (ESV) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
EYES ARE OPENED
ACTS 26:18 (ESV) To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
HEARTS ARE CHANGED
EZEKIEL 36:26 (ESV) And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
WOUNDS ARE HEALED
PSALM 103:2-4 (ESV) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.
WISDOM IS GRANTED
JAMES 1:5 (ESV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Now that these promises are known. You can pray with confidence, for yourself, others and the world you live in, believing that things will experience the change.