The Power of Prayer

Power of PrayerAuthor’s Note: All scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets.

What is prayer? The New Oxford American Dictionary  defines prayer as “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God.” We can think about prayer in the following categories: who, what, when, where, and how.

Who

As Christians, we pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We don’t pray to a rock, an idol, or a tree. We don’t even have to go through an intermediary. We go straight to the top, and lay our petitions before our Almighty God.

What

What can we pray for? We can pray for whatever is available according to the Word of God. There are over 900 promises in God’s Word. We can only receive that which we know is available from the Bible. Isaiah 49:16 states that He has engraved us on the palms of His hands. Mathew 10:30 says the very hairs of our head are numbered. As born again sons and daughters of the living God, He is our Father who deeply cares about every aspect of our lives. There is no busy signal or call waiting with God. He is available to us 24/7. We can pray for health and prosperity (3 John 2) and any of the more than 900 promises that are available in the Bible.

In the morning, I pray for God’s hand of protection and blessing over my family, the people I love, my Bible fellowship, the leadership and believers in the ministry I am affiliated with, and anyone else whom I know has a need. God will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Taking time to pray, allows us to recognize God as our protector, provider and our Heavenly Father who deeply loves us with a deep and abiding love.

When

There is no designated time to pray. Mark 1:35 provides us with the example of Jesus praying in the morning: “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” I find that praying in the morning sets my day ahead. Often, when I am driving, I pray to God to thank Him for the many blessings He has blessed me with and for a safe journey to my destination. At night, I thank God for the day and for bringing me home safely from the day’s activities.

Where

As there is no designated time to pray, there is no specific location that is necessary for you to pray to God. You can pray in the privacy of your bedroom, in your car, at the kitchen table, on a hiking trip in the Colorado Rockies, at your child’s soccer game, at your workplace, in school, among other locations. Geographical location has no limits with God. As the Creator of the heavens and the earth, God is everywhere present. As you reach out to God, He will always be there to answer your call. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith [believing] it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” The word “diligently” means persevering with a steady effort. We are to persevere with a steady effort to reach out to God. You may not always get an immediate answer to prayer. Sometimes, seeing specific prayers come to pass may take some time. Answered prayer is within God’s timing and not our own. However, James 5:16b states, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man [woman] availeth much. As we are faithful, and continue to believe, confess, and act on God’s Word, God will absolutely bring to pass the desires of your heart. After all, look how long it took Abraham and Sarah to conceive Isaac!

How

With an attitude of gratitude, we pray to God by thanking Him for what we want to see come to pass in our lives, and in the lives of others, according to His written Word. As Christians, we have the privilege to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. There is no other name that gives us the power and the authority to come to God and lay our petitions before Him. 1 Timothy 2:5 states, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Jesus Christ is also our advocate with God, our Father:

         1 John 2:1

My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any
man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
And he is the propitiation [payment] for our sins: and not for our’s only,
but also for the sins of the whole world.

 Another way we can pray is by speaking in tongues. In Receiving the Holy Spirit Today, Victor Paul Wierwille writes, “Speaking in a tongue is the believer’s external manifestation in the senses world of the internal reality and presence of the power of the holy spirit.”

There are a number of benefits of speaking in tongues. One of the benefits is perfect prayer to God (Romans 8:26-27). As we speak in tongues for ourselves, and others, there is great power in operating this manifestation of holy spirit. On the day of Pentecost, the twelve apostles were assembled and a “rushing mighty wind filled all the house where they were sitting. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost [Spirit] and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:2, 4). The apostles, being Galilaeans, did not understand the tongues they were speaking because the languages were from other cultures. However, those who were present to witness this miraculous event, came from cultures all over the world and recognized the languages of their native culture. With great excitement, they proclaimed, “we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:11).

Summary

God’s will is that we come to Him with our prayers about any need or challenge on our hearts. God is a faithful God. He will meet your need according to your believing and the written Word. You can pray anytime and anywhere. You can pray with your understanding according to His Word, and you can also pray by speaking in tongues, which is one of the manifestations of holy spirit. Our heavenly Father is always there to meet your need according to your believing and the Word of God. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

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