You can turn a murderer into a saint!

November 6, 2006

If Saul was a relative of yours who went round killing Christians, you might well be praying for his transformation, but would you believe that your prayers had the power to actually change anything?  We’re called to pray with faith rather than unbelief, so if we pray ‘believing’ rather than ‘hoping’ God can bring a relative into His presence, then amazing things can happen among your family and friends.

Believing for the impossible, including the reform of someone who seems far from a Christian life, is a theme at the moment with the proposed hanging of Sadaam Hussein.  Putting aside the rights and wrongs of the death penalty, we can see that even the worst criminal can be saved.  Saul went from a Christian killer to a discipler and evangelist and the same can happen to those you love through the power of your prayers. 

It is not only the lives of those around use that can change through prayer but far gone hard situations too. Whatever tough thing you are facing right now, any struggle emotionally, spiritually, financially etc can be turned around – there is a way out of it, a light at the end of the tunnel. 

I’ve been in places where i would rather have been hidden in sand than face hard and painful situations which seemed like they couldn’t change, ever!  However i am able to testify that God can turn around even the most unlikely situation.  He can bring peace out of a situation even if it is as bad as being reminisent of Jesus’s agony in the garden where He sweated blood under the strain.  ALL GLORY TO HIM!

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

ps Up tomorrow – stop being sensible


13 Responses to “You can turn a murderer into a saint!”

  1. timglass said

    Yes, asking in faith and with the right motives.
    Nothing is impossible with God.
    His blessings this day!

  2. Keith M. said

    Yeah, I agree with you.
    If prayer can move mountains, convert Saul, Win WWII it can do ANYTHING. God is limited by NOTHING.

  3. christelle said


    the power of prayer is without limits…All God requires is faithful heart!


  4. autumnrose said

    Probably not a popular statement to make right now, but Jesus doesn’t love Sadam Hussein any less than He loves me, or you. How He judges the whole situation in Iraq will be different from how we human beings judge it, for He has a heavenly perspective. It is not only Sadam Hussein who will have to answer to God when he dies 😦

  5. Rob Chagdes said

    what I am finding most amazing is how God brings transformation to my life during these trying times. I want Him to be glorified through my trials.

  6. The power of God is limitless, and prayer is the way we access his great heart and power. I know that sounds stuffy – but it’s true. I wish we could go on and on about prayer and its importance in our lives. I’m sure that if we could we would all be amazed at the MIGHTY ways God has worked on behalf of his people when we prayed.

    The Children of Israel were in Egypt for around 420 years, and a lot of that was spent in slavery – in Exodus Ch. 2 the scripture says this…
    Exodus 2:23-25
    During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

    They finally cried out in Ch.2, and it took the rest of the book to tell what happened after they got God involved in their situation.

    In the beginning God spoke and all we know was created… imagine what God could do if we would allow him to EXERT himself in our day to day lives.

    Thanks for helping us start our week well Maria…

    In Him,

  7. mmog37 said

    well said Maria….

  8. Carol said

    I have seen some “hard core” sinners transformed by the power of prayer. I know one man from a neighboring church that was a gang banger, involved in drive by shooting and such the like. When God filled this man with the Holy Ghost, he totally changed, and his pastor told us that he has been personally responsible for bring 30 people to God this past year. With God all things are possible!

  9. Maria Toth said

    Wahoo! Testimonies of slow gentle conversions are good, but some of the crash bang wallop ‘gang leader to evangelist’ ones are totally mind blowing!

    Praise God that with Him our lives have hope no matter what we’ve done or not done!


  10. Jason said

    Prayer is more then just asking God. I think there is also a psychological connection between prayer and action. Have any of you heard of the 2+ system? Its a system to remind us to pray for 2 or more of our nonChristian friends (or christian friends) to meet with God more. When we pray we also have the topic on our hearts and mind and will change our actions accordingly. If we pray for our friends then we are more likely to help them in action.

    Also in one of my bible studies we are going through acts and i just wanted to give a shout out about Acts 8 when it talkes about Simon. He was a sorcerer and he came to God, learning of God’s real power.

  11. Brian Alexander said

    thanks for the comment. It’s exciting knowing that alot of people in your youth group are talking about jesus in school and thats whats going on with mine right now..(most of us go to the same school)


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