Prayer Is Powerful
God, is His mercy and kindness continues to answer the prayers of His children. Occasionally, however, it seems as though there were some confusion at what prayer is and what it is not.
Imagine that you are on the Family Feud. Your family is amp up and excited about the prospect of winning $10,000 and possibly a new car. The first survey question is presented to both families by Steve Harvey.
“Give me Sarah give me Bob. The top 12 questions on the board? What kind of question resulted in so many different answers?￼ Okay let’s get to the question. we asked 100 random customers exiting a Chick-fil-A this question: “What is prayer?”
The Bible is filled with scripture on prayer, if you look at there are 367 specific Bible verses about prayer. This does not include the word “ask” when it is used as a substitute for prayer,
What are the truths about prayer according to the Bible.?
Prayer is simply communication between us and God. The Lord’s prayer is a great outline for us to use to structure our prayers. Jesus use this outline, according to Luke’s Gospel, to teach His disciples to pray.
The Lord’s prayer begins with a call to honor Him.
Matthew 6:9, in this manner, therefore, pray; “Our Father in Heaven Hallowed be Your Name.”
Next, we are encouraged to prioritize His will over our own will.
Matthew 6:10, Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
It’s perfectly fine to ask God to help me or physical needs.
Matthew 6:11, Give us this day our daily bread.
It’s about to get real in our prayers. We get to the point in the prayer where we ask God for forgiveness of our sins. This is also a time where we willingly and intentionally forgive others.
Matthew 6:12, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
The world is getting darker and darker. We need God’s mercy and grace to keep it on the narrow Path. When we pray, we need to ask Him to keep us from the evil one.
We can finish our prayers with a timer praise, adoration, and thanksgiving to our King.
Matthew 6:13, Or yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
Prayer is powerful! Fortunately, it has nothing to do with our spiritual strength but with God’s unlimited power. Here are a few examples of powerful prayers that are recorded in the Bible:
Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for 3 1/2 years. Again he prayed, and the Heaven’s gave rain, and the earth produced crops.James 5:17-18
And Hezekiah answered, “It is an easy thing for the shadow to go down to go down ten degrees; No, but let the shadow go backward ten degrees.” So Isaiah the prophet cried out to the Lord, and He brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down on the sundial of Ahaz.2 Kings 20:10-11
So they took away the Stone. Thank you just looked up and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called out in a loud voice Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet were wrapped in strips of linen. ans cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off your grave clothes and let him go.”John 11 41-44
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and seeing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were open and everyone’s chains were loosedActs 16:25-26
Gratefully, God is still in the business of healing and doing miracles.
Many of us have forgotten how to pray, And earnestly seek God. Or have doubt and unbelief in our hearts.
I was diagnosed with bladder cancer 10 years ago. I had a prayer group praying for me when I was diagnosed. I had surgery and had a grapefruit sized tumor removed from my bladder. The cancer doctor told me I would be dead in one year. I had young children I did not accept that prognosis. This prayer group and I prayed seven nights a week for my healing. After some chemo treatments I was sent home and was told to come back in a few weeks. Slowly but surely my cancer was healed within the year I had no sign that I even had cancer. God is awesome!
Why He healed me and not others, I do not know. But I knew God had a destiny that I had not fulfilled yet.
Confess to one another, therefore, your faults, your slips, your false steps, your offenses you are sins and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored (to a spiritual tone of mind and heart). The earnest heart, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (the dynamic on its working.James 5:16
A man with leprosy came and kneeled before Him and said, “ Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touch the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.Matthew 8:2-3
Psalm 30:2 is known as the scripture for healing, “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and You healed me.”
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call on the elders of the church to pray over them and anointing with oil in the name of the Lord. and a prayer offered in faith will make this sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have send they will be forgiven.James 5:14:15
This is a particularly thorny issue. There are families who have prayed and received the blessing of children . Others are still praying,
Here are three biblical instances where God intervened in times of infertility.
Did Abraham prayed to God, and God healEd Abimilek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again.Genesis 20:17
No Sarah was childbirth because she was not able to conceive. The Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised and bore son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him,Genesis 11:30; 21:1-2
In her jeep anguish Hannah Prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And he made vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servants misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor what ever be used on his head.” So in the course of time, Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying “Because I asked the Lord for him.,1 Samuel 1:10-11; 20
The daily grind of life could easily wipe us out physically and emotionally. That is one of the reasons why we must spend some time talking to God as often as possible. During prayer, we unburden our hearts and our transformed by God’s grace. God gives us strength. Prayer is a powerful weapon,
Ephesians 3:16 says, I pray out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Inner in your inner being.
The power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference. – Max Lucado.