The Power of Prayer
Then Samson prayed to the Lord , “Sovereign Lord , remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more”
The Power of Prayer
The bible is full of truths about how powerful prayer is. Our lives are full of instances where prayer has changed everything.
God listens to us just as much today as he did to Daniel or Joseph in the old testament.
When Daniel prayed for guidance with the king’s dream, God provided. When Joseph prayed for patience and wisdom, God provided. When Sampson prayed for strength once more, God provided.
We could go on and on about how God listens to our prayers.
Why is it so hard to ask God for help?
We know that he listens. We know that he loves us. We know that he gives us whatever we ask for in his son’s name..
So why do we struggle to ask for help?
Partly because we are his children, and he did say that he built us in the likeness of him. So that means that we are everything he says about himself too.
When he says I am a proud God, or I am a just God we have those same characteristics too.
I’m not saying we are as good as God, or that we are God. I’m simply saying that he created us in his likeness, so we have some of those same traits.
Much the same way we hold some of the same traits from our biological parents.
Anyways let’s get back to Sampson.
His wife, Delila was offered some silver, we don’t know exactly how much because we don’t know how many rulers there were in Philistines at that time. But they offered her silver in today’s value of $10,596 each to get her husband’s secret to his strength.
That was a load of Silver!
After many tries Sampson finally told her the real secret to his power.
She cut his hair that night and the Lord left him, but he didn’t lose his faith.
They bound him, gouged out his eyes and hauled him off to prison to grind flour with a stone.
The Philistines were so proud that they caught Sampson. They all requested that he be brought out of prison to “perform” for them.
There were over 3000 people watching him perform, when he asked one of them to lean him up against the pillars.
They did, and Sampson Prayed.
“Sovereign Lord , remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more”
The Lord granted his request and Sampson used his strength to push down the pillars that supported the whole building and it came crashing down killing over 3000 people.
The whole point of this is that prayer is powerful, as long as it comes from the heart.
So today we want to encourage everyone to pray often, and most of importantly pray with your heart, not your mind.
God knows the difference.
Lord, God almighty. You are amazing. You give us so much more than we ever could have imagined. You bless us beyond belief every day. We are grateful that you take time to hear us when we pray. You look out for us even when we aren’t looking out for ourselves. We are thankful that you made us in your image. God, today we come to you today with open hearts to ask you to help those around us. Help those who might not know you as well as we do. Help us to know you better tomorrow than we do today. God we are so thankful for the opportunities that you place in our lives and the people you introduce us to. We are grateful for the truths that you give us throughout the bible that give us the reassurance we need and the wisdom to move forward every day. God today we simply want to say THANK YOU for LISTENING to our prayers.
We ask all these things in Jesus’s name.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!