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Do you know how prayer changes things? Do you underestimate the power of prayer? Jesus gave clear instructions on how we’re to pray and we have the Holy Spirit as our conduit. Let’s learn together how prayer changes everything.
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 the sacred time between you and I and God and taken very seriously.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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How The Power of Prayer Changes Things
Can I ask you how much time you spend soaking in the power of prayer on a daily basis? If you are like me it is nowhere near enough as it should be.
I know how the power of prayer changes things yet I have convinced myself that my prayers aren’t as eloquent or powerful as other people’s prayers are.
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.
Power of Prayers Builds Friendships
For instance, I LOVE the ladies in my Lifegroup dearly but I feel that I’m so lacking in speech when speaking prayer out loud. 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?
Presence of the Holy Spirit
Prayer changes things because we are having an intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father! Through our prayer, we unleash the power of the Holy Spirit which is our conduit and the source of our power of prayer. Do you realize when we are in prayer with God we are talking to our friend?
know God more intimately
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. John 15:15
Grows our Faith
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. I mean God has us in the palms of his hands right? Yes, this is true but he still wants us to be personable with him.
My Pastor did a sermon on the power of power and it was an eye-opener for me how he stated it…Live as if there is NO POWER unless you pray!
POWER OF PRAYER WILL CHANGE YOU
As we share our hearts with God he is molding us and changing our hearts to be more conformed to the image of His Son…Jesus. The more time we spend with Him the more we become like him. How?
- 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.
Power of Prayer in Good Times
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.
Prayer Changes Things in the hard times
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 and I can’t do this without You! God is building our faith and character.
What are the five basic forms of prayer?
Does Prayer Change Things? Is there power of prayer?
Though our prayers do not change God’s mind, He ordains prayer as a means to accomplish His will. We can be confident that prayer does change things, including our own hearts. Though our prayers do not change God’s mind, He ordains prayer as a means to accomplish His will. Source: R. C. Sproul
Prayer changes things in Biblical History
I did research on stories taken from the bible to prove how prayer changes things. Some would argue that since God already knows how things will turn out (which in fact he does) so we should we bother praying to begin with?
This being the case, however, doesn’t mean we can not go to Him in prayer about it. Prayer worked in the following six stories so who are we to say he won’t do the same for us right?
Jesus’s Prayers Changes Things
So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. John 11: 41
I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me. John 11: 42
When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out. John 11: 43
The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, Unbind him and let him go. John 11: 44
Jesus Taught us the Power of Prater
The Lord’s Prayer:
Pray this Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-13
Joshua’s Prayer Changes Things
At that time Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel. “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” Joshua 10:12
And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. Joshua 10:13
Moses’s Prayer Changes Things
But Moses implored the Lord his God and said, “O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Exodus 32:11
Why should the Egyptians say, ‘With evil intent did he bring them out, to kill them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people. Exodus 32:12
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your offspring, and they shall inherit it forever. Exodus 32:13
And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people. Exodus 32:14
Hannah’s Prayer Changes Things
And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. 1 Samuel 1:26
For this child, I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. 1 Samuel 1:27
Elijah’s Prayer Changes Things
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months, it did not rain on the earth. James 5:17
Then he prayed again, and Heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. James 5:18
David’s Prayer Changes Things
And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel. 2 Samuel 24:25
In Closing on How the Power of Prayer Changes Things
Sweet friends, I hope you see how the power of prayer changes things. You and I have access to God through the Holy Spirit. Allow His presence to guide you. Also, keep in mind as you pray to have faith in the promises of God.
God may or may not answer our prayers how we choose but rest assured he will know what’s best for us. He loves us and we should be putting God first. I know the power of prayer transforms you from the inside out.
I will be the first to admit that I need to spend more one on one time with God. Let’s be committed to prayer because prayer changes things and there is no greater love than God’s.