The Power of Prayer

Prayer does not make anything happen. Prayer does not force God to do anything. Too often we use prayer to command God to do something for us. Yes, God said that He would answer our prayers. But He will only answer our prayers when it is in His will. The questions is: “How can we pray within the will of God so our prayers will be answered?

Prayer Releases God’s Power Into the Situation

Our prayers can do nothing more than to release God’s power into the situation. Our prayers, in themselves, have no power.

This is not acceptable for many people. We have been taught, especially here in America, that we can do anything that we put our mind to. We do not need any outside help. If we fail at something, it is simply because we have not done what we need to do in order to  accomplish what we set out to do.

And believe it or not, that last statement is true, just not true in the way most people think about it. If we want to accomplish anything, we need to bring God into the situation and release His power into it.

Through prayer, we give God permission to intervene in the life of the one we are praying for, either for our self or for someone else. Remember, God will never force anything upon us. He created us as free creatures and He will never take that freedom away from us.

However, God will listen to His children. Listen to Proverbs 15:29 (NIV): “The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.” If we are walking with God, and living according to His will, the Bible says that God will hear our prayers.

When we ask God to intervene in a situation or in someone’s life, He will do it because He, also, wants the best for everyone. Thus, because we ask, God will exert spiritual pressure (or influence) on the person, according to what we have prayed for.

But remember, God will not force anyone to do anything. The person we are praying for must respond to God’s influence. That is why we often must keep on praying and pleading with God to intervene in that person’s life.

We Must Pray Within The Will Of God

This statement is the most important statement in this article. God will never go against His own will, no matter how important we think it is or how much we plead with Him. God created all that we have and are. Do you think that He does not know what will work and what will not work? Do you think that He will do something that will cause destruction just because we plead for Him to do it?

No! God will only intervene and change something when it will bring about something good. God will not go against His own nature. He will not even listen to someone who does not want to live within the will of God. Listen to what John 9:31 (NIV) says: “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.”

The only exception to this rule is when a sinner asks God for forgiveness. If the sinner is praying this from his/her heart, God will hear and forgive. Why? Because God wants everyone saved and brought into His kingdom. Remember, only those who truly want to follow and live for God will gain entrance into His kingdom.

We Limit The Power of Prayer Through Unbelief

Remember what Jesus said in Mark 11:24 (NIV): “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Our problem is that we too often spend time just praying “prayers.” It is not wrong to use these prayers (especially the Lord’s Prayer) if we are truly expressing what we feel. However, we cannot use them as a “formula” to get God to do what we want Him to do.

How often do you pray something and, deep down inside, you don’t think that God will answer you? Mark 11:24 says that to receive an answer to our prayer, we have to believe that we have already received it. How can we do this? By spending time studying the Bible and spending time communicating with God through prayer. The more time we spend with God, the more we will realize that God has the power to answer and will answer our prayers.

Remember the story of the two blind men who came to Jesus for healing? Matthew 9:28-29 (NIV): “When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you.’”

If we want God to answer our prayers, we must learn to trust God and believe that He will do what He says He will do.

Prayer Can Bring About Miracles

Why doesn’t God perform miracles without us even asking? Why do we even have to ask God to do good things? Doesn’t God want the best for us? Why doesn’t God just make sure that we only receive the best?

We must remember that God created us with a free will. God will never force anything upon us, even if it is the best for us. In fact, He put us in charge of this earth and all that is in it.

After God created the first humans, He said in Genesis 1:28 (NIV): “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’”

God will not go back on His Word. If we want anything to happen in this world, we must bring God into the situation and ask Him for help. And when we do this, miracles will happen.

By effectively releasing God’s power into the world, we can help bring about much needed change. All we must do is to learn what needs to be accomplished, commit ourselves to making it happen and then ask God to help us do it.

Through Prayer, God Will Reveal What We Need To Know

God tells us exactly what He told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV): “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” We do not have to live in ignorance. All we must do is to do is to study His Word (our Bible) and ask God to reveal to us what we need to know and understand.

What do you need to know and understand? Through prayer, God will reveal His truths to you. He will reveal to you what you need to know so that you can accomplish marvelous things while you are on this earth. Just keep in mind that sometimes these answers come very quickly while at other times, your answers will come over a period of time. God knows what is best for you.

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