8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Two related things strike me about this passage. First, people prayed. We don’t know how or how much but they prayed, and he thanked them for it. Secondly, God delivered them from peril. We know a little bit about the peril they were in, though not what he’s referring to in this text. Still, they relied on God, and were buoyed by their prayers.
I know this is not exactly earth shattering, but it underscores what the Bible has taught all along: we pray, God moves. What are the percentages and ratios of prayer to God moving? Even as I wrote that, it’s a funny question because it seems like we can treat God like an eternal Santa Claus. How much more important is it that we come to Him rather than what we pray? That’s the question we should be asking.
God cannot be manipulated by our prayers but there are instances in the Bible where prayers moved Him.
Prayers for orphans, widows, and the oppressed probably moves God. I saw a restaurant partnering with an organization that combats human trafficking. That probably moves God.
What has been your experience about what moves God?