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Series: Luis Palau | Powerful Prayer

Do you realize that prayer is powerful and effective? This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis talks about the power of prayer. He reminds us of the importance of talking to God about the things that concern us, and of the blessings that prayer brings. 

Praying for the Prodigal Friday, February 5, 2021

Do you have a prodigal son or daughter? Someone who has walked away from the faith, or a loved one who is living rebelliously? If so, I want to urge you to remain faithful in prayer. You see, I was a prodigal son. For many years, I lived by my own rules. I was selfish, and despite every attempt my mom and dad made, I was wrapped up in my own worldly desires. I wrote about this in my book, The Secret Life of a Fool. I was the fool.

Though it seemed I would never come around, my parents and others believed for me and remained faithful. They prayed and prayed without ceasing—even when it must have seemed as though I had gone so far. But guess what? Finally, God got ahold of my heart. And things have never been the same. My whole life and purpose changed.

What are you desperate for God to do in your life? Or, in the lives of your children? Come before Him and pray. Ask Him to move mightily. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, the Bible tells us to “Pray without ceasing”. So this week, I urge you to carry on. Pray diligently for the prodigal son or daughter in your life. Resist the urge to give up, or consider them a lost cause. Instead, trust that God’s plan and timing are perfect. And that God wants to use you.

This is Andrew Palau.

Share God's Unchanging Message Thursday, February 4, 2021

You and I both know that we live in a changing world. Styles change, world leaders rise and fall, pop culture icons come and go. But God’s message is unchanging. In fact, I’ve been sharing the same Good news all over the world for fifty years — and each time I share it, I am amazed by how relevant and important it is to people of all ages, races, and cultural backgrounds.

When we share the Good News with others, we not only share the gift of Salvation, but we also grow in our own understanding of God’s love, grace, and steadfastness. The Bible says in Philemon 1:6, “I pray that you will be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” Isn’t that a fabulous promise?

This week, pray about ways you can spread the Good News. Take heart in knowing that the message you share about Jesus will never go away. Then, I urge you, my friend, to share openly and intentionally about what Jesus has done in your life. As you tell of Jesus to others, you will learn more of God’s goodness yourself.

I challenge you to pray: “Lord, I want that experience. I want to know what it is to lead someone to Jesus Christ.” He will use you. Believe me!

This is Luis Palau.

Prayers for Patience Wednesday, February 3, 2021

There’s a funny story about a little boy named Johnny, who had been sent to his room for misbehaving. After a while, the boy came out, and told his parents that he had thought over his behavior and said a prayer. His mother was pleased. She said, “Good job! If you ask God to help you behave well, He will help you.” Johnny replied, “Oh, Mom. I didn’t ask God to help me behave. I just prayed that He would give you more patience to put up with me.”

Have you ever been low on patience? Perhaps your schedule is busy. You’re over-worked. You’re over-tired. You have too many obligations on the calendar. It’s easy, in these situations, to feel burned out, fearful and impatient. As parents, it can be easy to speak harshly to our kids. As a husband or wife, it can be easy in these moments to react unkindly to our spouse. As an employee, perhaps this is when we say something rude to a coworker. But the Bible tells us in Romans 8:26 that “the Spirit helps us in our weakness” when we pray. Are you feeling weak in patience? Or perhaps another area of your life? If so, I encourage you to pray about it today.

God can use us to spread the Good News Gospel to those around us, and this can start with others observing the way we act.

This is Luis Palau.

Pray for your Sons and Daughters Tuesday, February 2, 2021

For many years, my wife Pat and I prayed for our son Andrew to come to know the Lord. When he was in college and after, living on the other side of the country, we prayed for him several times a day. We knew he was making choices that were not in line with God’s teachings, but the only thing Pat and I could do was to pray. We prayed that Andrew would be open to hearing the Gospel, in a way that was authentic and true to him. And after years and years of these prayers, guess what? It happened! Today, Andrew is an evangelist, sharing his testimony and reaching people all over the world. Now, if his isn’t a story of redemption, I don’t know what is!

Parents, are you feeling discouraged about a lost son or daughter, who isn’t walking with the Lord? Or, are you a listener who is saddened by the choices of a sibling or friend? If so, I cannot urge you enough to pray. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray continually”. Pray because prayer works. Pray because God commands us to pray.

This week, one way you can reach your part of the world is through prayer. Be diligent in it. Be intentional about it. And trust that God’s mighty plan is already at work.

This is Luis Palau.

The Power of Prayer Monday, February 1, 2021

ABC News reported on a study done by a Duke University doctor on the power of prayer. This was a secular study, but the results showed what we have known as believers for quite some time: prayer works.

In the study, a thousand medical patients were divided into two groups. One group was prayed for, and the other was not. Patients did not know which group they fell under. After a year, patients were given a health exam by a third party. The patients who had been prayed for had 11 percent fewer heart attacks, strokes, and life-threatening complications! A researcher who worked with the study said, “As a scientist, it’s very counterintuitive, because I don’t have a way to explain it.” Of course, as believers, we do have a way to explain the power of prayer: the Holy Spirit.

The effects of prayer have been written down and talked about for centuries, but it hasn’t been until recently that the secular world has caught on. The Bible tells us in Colossians 4:2 to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” It is God’s desire that we pray often. He wants us to pray for our families, our friends, our neighbors, our cities, our world leaders, and so on. Can I encourage you this week to pray intentionally about reaching your world? Pray for the blind to see. Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel. God works through prayer.

This is Luis Palau.

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