Power Of Prayer - How powerful
The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16-18
declares, "…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful
and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly
that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three
and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and
the earth produced its crops." God most definitely listens
to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers.
Jesus taught, "…I tell you the truth, if you have faith
as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move
from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible
for you" (Matthew 17:20). 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us, "The
weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary,
they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments
and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of
God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
The Bible urges us, "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert
and always keep on praying for all the saints" (Ephesians 6:18).
Power Of Prayer - How do I tap into it?
The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather,
the power resides in the God who is being prayed to. 1 John 5:14-15
tells us, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God:
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And
if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we
have what we asked of him." No matter the person praying, the
passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer - God answers
prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers are not
always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires
line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time.
When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God's will,
God responds powerfully!
We cannot access powerful prayer by using "magic formulas."
Our prayers being answered is not based on the eloquence of our
prayers. We don't have to use certain words or phrases to get God
to answer our prayers. In fact, Jesus rebukes those who pray using
repetitions, "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like
pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many
words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need
before you ask him" (Matthew 6:7-8). Prayer is communicating
with God. All you have to do is ask God for His help. Psalm 107:28-30
reminds us, "Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm
to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when
it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." There
is power in prayer!
Power Of Prayer - For what kind of things should I pray?
God's help through the power of prayer is available for all kinds
of requests and issues. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, "Do not
be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of
God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus." If you need an example of
a prayer, read Matthew 6:9-13. These verses are known as the Lord's
prayer. The Lord's prayer is not a prayer we are supposed to memorize
and simply recite to God. It is only an example of how to pray and
the things that should go into a prayer - worship, trust in God,
requests, confession, protection, etc. Pray for these kinds of things,
but speak to God using your own words.
The Word of God is full of accounts describing the power of prayer
in various situations. The power of prayer has overcome enemies
(Psalm 6:9-10), conquered death (2 Kings 4:3-36), brought healing
(James 5:14-15), and defeated demons (Mark 9:29). God, through prayer,
opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom (James
1:5). The power of prayer should never be underestimated because
it draws on the glory and might of the infinitely powerful God of
the universe! Daniel 4:35 proclaims, "All the peoples of the
earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers
of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his
hand or say to him: 'What have you done?'"