It’s easy to believe the power of prayer, but do you believe the power in prayer? Do you believe the power that the Holy Spirit gives to you during your time in prayer?
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Prayer is vital in our daily walk, as followers of Jesus Christ.
It is how we communicate, one on one with our Heavenly Father.
It should be considered sacred time, between you and God, and taken very seriously.
How much time do you spend soaking in the power in prayer on a daily basis?
If you are like me it is nowhere near enough as it should be.
See friends I have myself convinced that my prayers don’t sound as eloquent as other people’s prayers do.
Believe it or not but I have always been rather shy and have had trouble speaking in front of other people.
I get so tongue-tied and filled with anxiety.
For instance, I LOVE the ladies in my Lifegroup dearly but I feel that I’m so lacking in speech while in prayer compared to them.
It seems their words just flow endlessly and perfectly without even thinking about them.
Me on the other hand…NOT SO MUCH!
I struggle terribly and I don’t want to come across as not being good enough or less than in their eyes.
How silly of me right.
Do you ever feel that way?
Why do we make things more difficult than they need to be?
What it boils down to is: we are speaking to our BEST FRIEND! The power in prayer is the power in friendship!
If we want to have a deeper relationship with God we must communicate with him.
The more time we spend with him the more intimately we will know and understand him.
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
This is my personal opinion I believe we get too comfortable thinking that God knows our needs anyway so why should we speak them aloud.
God has us in the palms of his hands.
Yes, that’s true but he still wants us to be personable with him.
My Pastor did a sermon on this topic this past Sunday and it was an eye-opener to me how he stated it
Live as if there is NO POWER unless you pray!
Power in Prayer will change YOU!
As we share our hearts with God he is molding us and changing our hearts to be more like his.
The more time we spend with Him, the more we become like him.
Our habits and lifestyles change.
Our focus will be on the eternal not the things of this world.
We will be thinking about ourselves less and others more.
Whatever our situations may be and whatever we may be going through God wants us to cast those cares to him.
I know I’ve said this countless times but our greatest trials will become our greatest testimonies.
Often times, God will throw us in the deep end so our ONLY source will be to solely rely on him and him alone.
God wants to hear us shout “I NEED YOU!” “I CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!”
See friends, God is building our faith and character.
How often are you quick to pray and give God praise in the good times, but not so quick in the bad?
Regardless we need to do so at ALL times.
Even when it hurts, and Even when it’s hard!
If for no other reason that God saves us even though he didn’t have to.
If someone comes to you and asks for you to pray for them don’t just say I will be praying for you.
PRAY THEN! NOT LATER because there is Power in Prayer!
We can become so spiritually weary and weighed down by the trials of our lives that prayer may be the last thing we want to do.
We would rather deal with our struggles in private than to ask others to pray for our situations.
Why are we like this friends?
Our Christian community is supposed to be a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE!
It’s supposed to be a safe place where we can uplift one another.
It’s a shame we try to hide what we may be struggling with.
Sadly, we think God doesn’t see us.
We feel God doesn’t care about what’s causing us so much pain.
He has more important things to deal with than our insecurities.
By appearance, we can make it look as if all is well when that is further from the truth.
We let others see what we want them to see!
I have several Autoimmune Disorders and I get asked ALL THE TIME by others how am I doing.
I don’t want to come across as needy and seeking attention so usually, I just give the response, “I’m doing Ok.”
I think many can see right through my rather vague response but I do NOT want to be the one where people wants to avoid me and say’s NOT again!
So I just deal with it myself.
Like me, so many try to conceal and carry burdens alone.
Maybe a different circumstance but it’s still the same.
Here are a few my pastor used as examples. See if you see yourself in them.
- Secret Sins
- Marital Trouble
- Doubting God
- Anger and Bitterness
My question to you, is what’s weighing you down, today friends? What have you NOT taken to God in prayer?
Do you realize that unconfessed sin blocks the arteries of our hearts when we pray?
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
Pray for the kingdom agenda, NOT your own, Pray for God’s will, NOT your own, Pray for the salvation of others, Pray for the deliverance of additions, Pray for opportunities to share Jesus Christ, Pray for missionaries.
When you work…You work, When you pray…God works, so Unleash the Power in Prayer!
Remember, God does extraordinary things, in ordinary people.
Pray, Pray, Pray!