I recieved a comment the other day on my post requesting prayer for the two boys going in for surgery.
"Forget prayer and god and be grateful there are dentists to help. It is you and your family, plus the dentist that will help the boys. Everything will go well because you are there."
I just wanted to address this comment because it bothered me that someone out there didn't have the comfort of believing in the power of prayer. Here are just a few verses out of the Bible that talk about this very topic.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15).
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
"…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (James 5:16).
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (Ephesians 6:18a).
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
As you can see, God desires us to come to Him with our requests, the same way a parents wants their child to come to them with their requests. Yet, I can't make a person believe it, you have to believe it for yourself.
While we're on the topic of prayer.....Rachel is going in for surgery today to reconstruct her eardrum. She has always had hearing problems and has had a few ear surgeries before today though this is the most serious. Please pray that the surgery goes well, she recovers quickly and that this helps her hearing problems.