The Power of a Woman's Prayer

"Women received their dead raised to life" (Hebrews 11:35 KJV). For millennia it has often been women who have had the perseverance, love, and faith to overcome life's most desperate circumstances.

Consider, for instance, the Shunammite woman, whose son died. The account of her journey to Elisha in 2 Kings 4, her refusal to brief those on the way (she knew they could not provide the solution), her falling at Elisha's feet and pleading until he agreed to personally attend to her son-all tell the story of her perseverance. That kind of determined faith still turns hopeless situations into causes for celebration.

The Canaanite woman who came to Jesus begging Him to heal her daughter vexed with a devil cried, "Lord, help me" (Matthew 15:25). Her daughter's need had become her own. The simple test we should put to our prayers is, "Do I want my prayer answered so much that for God to help that person, it is as though He is helping me?" If so, we can give God thanks for the heartfelt longing He has given us.

Such faith brings supernatural results. Determined, believing prayer still results in new life.

Dear Lord, help us to earnestly pray until we see Your supernatural deliverance.

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know...his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 1:18-20).