Just ask Esther if prayer changes things. She came to the king in fear for her life but left with supernatural favor. She came with poverty but left with prosperity. She came in despair but left highly favored. She came representing a people who were marked for destruction and left the king’s presence with a way of escape for her Jewish people.
Samuel was dispatched by God to the house of Jesse to anoint one of his sons to become king in place of Saul. As each stood before the high priest, Jesse wondered: Would it be the tall, handsome one? Would it be the most skillful one? Would it be the son considered to be a warrior?
One Sunday morning at church, a man approached me and introduced himself. His name was Ray. After we had chatted for a few minutes, Ray, who seemed like a very godly man, said the Lord had impressed him to ask me for help. He needed to borrow $32,500 for one week. He offered to give me a post-dated check, which I was to deposit at the specified time. Wanting to help a brother in need and not taking time to pray about it, I agreed to help him.
Abram was living in Ur of the Chaldeans when God called him forth. Shortly after his very first conversation with the Creator, his father gathered the family together—Abram, Sarai, and Lot, his grandson—and started out for Canaan. When they reached Haran, however, the family settled. Sometime after his father’s death, Abram gathered his family and crossed the Euphrates River, making their way down to Canaan.