21 Days of Prayer

Day 7 - Powerful Prayers

Ern Baxter was an evangelist who was rebellious as a boy. He would tip-toe past his grandmother’s room and see her bedroom light shining under the door, and know she was on her knees praying for him.

Baxter was radically saved and he became a preacher. God used him mightily in signs, wonders and miracles. On Sunday mornings, thousands of people attended his church. His grandmother sat right in the front row; her head was bowed as she prayed for Baxter while he preached.

Many years later when she passed away, Baxter was shattered. He had loved her very much. Baxter climbed up to the pulpit on the following Sunday morning. He opened his Bible and looked down to where his grandmother used to sit. Then he bowed his head and wept. He realized that he had always thought that God had gifted him to preach, and he suddenly realized it was because of his grandmother’s prayers. She was no longer there. At that moment, an elderly woman stood up at the back of the church and shouted, “Pastor, I’ll be your granny!” She came running forward, sat down in the empty chair and started praying; Baxter began preaching.

1 Samuel 1:27 For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for the people who have faithfully prayed for me throughout my life. Help me to become a mighty prayer warrior for others. Amen.

The content for this devotional was adapted from "Peace in His Presence" by Angus Buchan © Christian Art Publishers.