In a notebook with hand-drawn lettering on the front declaring "School of Divine Healing" that apparently both Mom & Dad were working on together, the following page was at the very front:
PRAYER DOES NOT CHANGE GOD'S WILL
IT ACTIVATES GOD'S WILL ON EARTH
PRAYER IS THE CONDUIT THROUGH WHICH POWER FROM HEAVEN IS BROUGHT TO EARTH
IT IS NOT THAT GOD CAN'T RELEASE HIS PROVISION WITHOUT PRAYER, IT'S THAT HE WON'T.
James 4:2b (New International Version)
"You do not have because you do not ask God"
It is God's sovereign will that He has established prayer as the bridge between the spirit world - "Where His Word is settled forever" (Psalm 89:2) and where the promises of God are already "Yes" in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:19-20) - and the material world. Because of sin, there is a gap between what God has prepared and is ready to release and what is happening on earth.
PRAYER BRIDGES THAT GAP!
At the bottom Dad had drawn a little diagram with 2 circles. One was marked "Earth Needs" and the other said "God's Will Waiting to be Released by Prayer". Between the 2 circles Dad had drawn a bridge and wrote "Prayer Builds Bridge; Fills the Gap".
I have a lot of gaps to fill! I definitely need to be spending a lot more time on my knees. I know it is time well spent!
Psalm 106:23 (The Message)
Fed up, God decided to get rid of them—
and except for Moses, his chosen, he would have.
But Moses stood in the gap and deflected God's anger,
prevented it from destroying them utterly.