As we face challenges in our lives, there are a number of reasons we might not pray. We may tell ourselves that we are too busy to pray. We may think we can solve the problem on our own. Or we may think God does not answer our prayers. And even if we eventually pray, we sometimes do it out of duty rather than faith that God will answer us.

Yet, God hears our prayers. Jesus told His disciples that only faith the size of a mustard seed was needed to move mountains. A small measure of faith can have an amazing impact in our lives.

As we begin to pray with faith, we are emboldened to believe God will do the impossible in our lives. When God answers our prayers, His glory is revealed. We must remember that God does answer our prayers in one way or another. It may not always be the way we imagined, but His best is always at work.

We are reminded in Hebrews 4:16 to approach God’s throne of grace confidently. This confidence does not mean that we demand God do things our way but rather that we should feel free to approach our almighty Father with everything—whether a minor concern, a paralyzing problem, a bold request, or a moment of praise and joy. He wants us to come before Him with confidence that He loves us and desires to help us.

All our cynicism begins to vanish as God answers our prayers. When heaven opens up and pours out miracles into our lives, we realize the Truth. We realize He loves us so much that He will move mountains for us. Hallelujah to the King of kings!

Prayer: Lord, give me confidence to go before You in prayer, knowing that You desire to meet me where I am in life. Give me faith to believe You for the impossible things in my life and in the lives of others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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