The Power and Effectiveness of Prayer
Written by Christi Given | October 27, 2017
Prayer is such an amazing tool and weapon God has given the body of Christ, but it can become normal, routine or overlooked. We must understand the power that we have as children of God and daughters of the King. We have access to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…He HEARS OUR PRAYERS! We have access to the highest royal authority in the earth and throughout eternity! How can we just think of this as common? We must understand God is Holy, Almighty and all-powerful. (“Omnipotence means God is all-powerful. Omniscience means God is all-knowing. Omnipresence means God is everywhere at the same time.”)
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. (Psalm 145:19)
The Bible tells us also: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
These weapons I mention are praying, fasting and declaring the living Word of God (which is a spiritual sword). Do you effectively use the tools in your hand? When you go through a tough situation, are you reacting in your emotions and out of your frustration, or do you take your worries to God’s throne? We must understand God can fight our battles for us and we must rely on Him and His power. We can do nothing in our own flesh or in our own strength (John 15:5).
Sometimes your faith may be tested or you may end up in spiritual training to go to another level. Just as a student is studying, learning, growing and then is tested, after she excels and realizes the information in a successful way, she can then proceed to the next grade. We must have a revelation that as we trust God, He will entrust us with bigger dreams, bigger prayers, bigger opportunities, more ministry and higher levels of perceiving the Kingdom. Do you want to excel in the things of God? We must then read the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and we must remain in prayer in FAITH.
…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
The Power of Prayer
The Word of God tells us that the prayers of the righteous avails much (James 5:16). What does that mean? It means that the righteous (those who have faith in Christ and who follow Him) will speak to God through prayer and that the Lord will hear them. The prayers of God’s people are successful because they have the right heart and motive. Those who do not have the right heart (doubters, unbelievers, unrighteous) have bad motives and are not praying in alignment to God’s perfect will and their prayers are hindered through their doubt like the ocean’s waves getting tossed back and forth. If you want God to hear you and answer you, then believe and have faith! Amen!
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16)
How to Pray
Jesus teaches us how to pray (Luke 11: 2-4), which is to first honor and revere God, understanding we are accessing His holy presence in His throne room. Next, we want to thank Him for Jesus and for all He has already done in our lives. We must ask for God’s Kingdom to come to earth, not to build our own name, fame or our own kingdom or empire. We must thank Him for our daily provisions, ask for forgiveness and release any bitterness or hurt through forgiving others as well. We must ask God for protection from the enemy against temptation and that He will allow us to be saved in evil situations.
Jesus always prayed not His will, but the Father’s will. We must apply these same principles. Praying is not just asking God for things, it is about thankfulness and doing business with your maker, in that you communicate and make things right before you start petitioning. Amen, PI Girls?
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:9-13)
PI Girls, God wants to answer your prayers when you activate your faith. He wants to bless you…do you trust in Him? Do not neglect or overlook prayer—it is so vital to a believer’s life and keeps you connected to your heavenly Father. Amen? Comment below for any prayer requests. We love you, PI Girls!