The Tremendous Power OF Prayer
Philippians 4: 6-7 tells us,
(6) “Be careful for nothing; (in other words, don’t worry about anything) but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” That is a promise that through the power of prayer we can receive what we desire from God through prayer! This Scripture covers about everything we need from prayer; peace of mind, peace in heart, and the keeping power of God.
It shouldn’t take a worldwide pandemic for us to pray.
You see, prayer is communion between man and God in the name and authority of Jesus Christ. Prayer is not some magic formula so that we can get something out of God. Prayer should not be a selfish petition to God so that we can fulfill our own lust for the things of life. Sometimes we just need to pray to praise Him.
When we do find time to pray however; when we do put everything else aside and have communion with God, we can know we’ve touched the throne of Heaven. We can know we’ve gotten God’s attention and we can know for assuredly that there is tremendous power in prayer.
Here’s what some of the great preachers and theologians had to say about prayer:
Ralph Herring said, “Prayer is a summit meeting in the very throne room of the universe. There is no higher level.”
Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian: not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive.”
Billy Graham said, “If you do not feel like praying, it is probably a good indication that you should start praying immediately.”
Elisabeth Elliot said, “It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes the habit of life.”
Charles Spurgeon said, “For a successful season of prayer, the best beginning is confession.”
Then Dwight L. Moody said, “Spread out your petition before God, and then say, ‘Thy will, not mine, be done.’ The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me.”
There are many different forms of prayer: Praising God, Confessing our sins, and thanking him for all the blessings we enjoy, and interceding for others.
Prayer is more than reciting words and phrases we’ve learned by heart.
Prayer is vital to the peace of mind and soul. It’s a person’s measure of his Christianity, understanding of spiritual matters, and his experience with God. Prayer is listening and talking to Him.
Prayer is simply intelligent, purposeful, devoted contact with God.
James 5:16b tells us, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” This assumes, however, that you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord been saved and born again according to the Scriptures. You must be reconciled to God through faith in Christ before you can rightly pray, except for the initial prayer of faith to get saved. Jesus must be your personal High Priest, whose blood has covered your sins. You see, we can’t use prayer as some magic formula so that we can get something out of God. The prayer of faith saves.
Pray without ceasing. Rejoice evermore the Scripture says. We should be in a constant state of prayer, talking to God through Jesus Christ. We should be communicating with Him when we rise up and when we lie down. Before a meal and after a blessing.
1 Thes. 5:17 tells us to “Pray without ceasing.” You see, we should always be in a constant state of prayer with our mind on Jesus Christ at all times. That doesn’t mean we neglect our everyday duties and responsibilities.
Phil. 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. If we’re thinking pure thoughts, being honest with our neighbor and in business dealings, truthful with everyone, etc. we will be in a state of prayer. Prayer is more than getting down on our knees. It doesn’t matter the position of our body. What does matter is the condition of our heart. That’s what makes prayer so effective. The prayer of faith is the prayer of accomplishment. We can accomplish great things with God when we pray.
Also, when we pray, pray simply. We don’t have to have great flowing words as if we want to impress the Lord. Keep it simple. God knows what we need before we ask anyway. Also, don’t be mechanical. Pray from the heart. And, make prayer an integral part of your everyday life. We can change the world with the prayer of faith.
If you don’t know how to pray, ask the Lord to teach you. He taught his disciples how to pray. He can teach you through His Word and Holy Spirit.
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Books on prayer are good, but not good enough. As books on cooking are good but hopeless unless there is food to work on, so with prayer. One can read a library of prayer books and not be one whit more powerful in prayer. We must learn to pray, and we must pray to learn to pray.”
Let me share some more quotes by famous authors and other people concerning prayer.
James Gillion said, “Prayer is putting the lens of your soul on time exposure. Prayer is putting on earphones that shut out all noises but the voice of you and God. Prayer always has four statements: “Thank You”, “I’m sorry”, “Teach me”, “God with me.”
Paul S. Rees said, “If we are willing to take hours on end to learn to play a piano, or operate a computer, or fly an airplane, it is sheer nonsense for us to imagine that we can learn the high art of getting guidance through communion with the Lord without being willing to set aside time for it. It is no accident that the Bible speaks of prayer as a form of waiting on God.”
During the Civil War, the following item was discovered on the body of a fallen Confederate soldier. Although his identity was unknown, one thing was clear: He recognized how wonderfully God had answered his prayers, even though those answers had not been the ones he sought. This is what was found:
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.
You know, we may not always get exactly what we ask for but God knows our true needs and what’s best for us. Sometimes He says “No” and sometimes, “Just wait” but he always answers prayer.
The Cross on Calvary, where Jesus took on Himself the punishment for our sins, is the greatest example of intercession in the history of the world. In His own words he said, “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved,” That Divine intercession on our behalf, however, did not end at the Cross. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8:26 that even though we don’t know what or how to pray, the Holy Ghost, himself, intercedes for us.
Matthew Henry noted that “Christ intercedes for us in heaven, the Spirit intercedes for us in our hearts.” Because Jesus is constantly interceding for us, should we not follow His example and pray for those around us? In doing so, we not only imitate Christ, but we invoke His power, the power that can raise men from the dead, a power that can heal the sick, a power that can change lives and draw even the most hardhearted to Himself.
Many verses from Scripture represent wise counsel indeed, but they are far more than that; they are the sacred promises of God Himself.
In 1873, shortly after the successful conclusion of the Revolutionary war and six years before he would become our first president, Washington composed a ‘Prayer for the United States of America.’ In it he acknowledged that without the guiding hand of God, “We can never hope to be a happy nation.” (and I say look where we are today)
The Book of James, Chapter 5, tells us something we all need to remember.
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Prayer will get your home straightened out.
Prayer will make your spouse straighten up.
Prayer will Make your children act right.
Prayer gets your bills paid and put food on your table.
Prayer will give you peace of mind and make your enemies leave you alone.
Prayer can give you comfort at the loss of a loved one.
You don’t need a special time and place to pray:
You can pray in your car and you can pray on the job.
You can pray in your living room or kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.
You don’t need a special time or place to pray or praise God.
Your feet or hands may have chains on them like Paul & Silas, but nobody has put any chains on your soul.
You can pray any time; Midday or midnight.
You can pray in the morning like Jesus did before he went to the cross.
You can pray at noon like Daniel did standing in the lion’s den.
Pray at midnight like Paul and Silas sitting in a jail cell.
You can pray any way; pray short like the publican did. Pray long like Moses did. Pray All night like Paul and Silas.
You can pray anywhere. You can pray In the belly of the Whale like Jonah did.
You can pray in the wilderness like John did.
You can pray on the house top like Peter did and he was instrumental in Cornelius and his whole household getting converted!
You can pray In chains like Paul and Silas.
You can pray for anything. You can pray for wisdom like Solomon did.
You can pray for longer life like Hezekiah did & God added 15 yrs.to his life.
You can pray for mercy like David did.
You can pray anytime, anywhere, about anything & God will hear you when you pray
the prayer of Faith.
Prayer is probably one of the most essential attributes a Christian must have because without prayer, a person cannot even get saved.
I ask you to pray more; pray often. Pray for our Nation and our leaders. Pray that God will keep communism and Marxism out of the White House and Congress. Pray for your Church, your home and family. Pray for protection from those who would do you harm. And most of all, pray just to thank and praise almighty God for sending Jesus to take our place on Cross to forgive our sins & give us a place with Him for eternity.
“The Tremendous Powder Of Prayer”
Words & Music: Don Woolett
The tremendous power of prayer
Can turn the world around.
The tremendous power of prayer
Can turn a problem upside down.
Prayer can touch the throne of Heaven.
Change a life in deep despair.
Nothing on earth can compare
To the tremendous power of prayer.
The prayer of faith can save from sin.
Heal the broken hearts of men.
Raise the dead to life again
And set the captive free.
The broken home, the troubled mind,
The life that seems so out of line
Can be remolded just in time
By the tremendous power of prayer.
A nation brought down to its knees
Can be restored to liberty
And once again have power and peace
Where justice can prevail.
Men must turn their hearts around,
Seek God while he may be found,
Stand firm on the solid ground
Of the tremendous power of prayer.
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