Understanding Prayer: Power of Prayer (Part 1 of 3)

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power-of-prayerSimply put, prayer is power. Prayer is the line of communication between man and God. The same way a gun is powerless without a bullet, a Christian is powerless without prayer. Prayer is a loaded weapon. A defeated Christian is a prayerless Christian. James 5:13 says “if any of you is afflicted, let him pray”. The Bible didn’t say if any of you is afflicted, let him run to his pastor or run to a prophet. This means, your fervent prayer is sufficient enough to turn any circumstance or situation around because “the effectual prayer of the righteous availeth much” (James 5:16b). The same scripture in the Amplified Version of the Bible says “prayer makes TREMENDOUS POWER available”. Prayer creates power and power can be defined as the ability/capacity to direct the course of events. This means your prayer is able to change the course of events in your life. When things aren’t going as planned, your prayer can make a difference. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
When lacking ideas or confused about a project or something in particular, pray. James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
When faced with a test, your prayer can make turn it into a testimony. When you want something or in need of a some form of intervention, pray. Mark 11:24 says “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Also in John 14:13-14, God assures us that “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
Prayer can move mountains if only we would let it. If only you would realise just how powerful prayer can be, you would never feel hopeless. Prayer is like a generator and fuel is the Word of God. When we are loaded with the Word of God, our generator (prayer life) will always be on and will continually generate power.

To be continued:
Understanding Prayer: Types of Prayer (Part 2 of 3)
Understanding Prayer: Benefits of Prayer (Part 3 of 3)

Reference:
Understanding Prayer: Types of Prayer by Pastor Kingsley Okonkwo

 

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