“The power of prayer,” is an often used phrase. Perhaps we have heard it so often that the phrase itself doesn’t carry much power. Is it one of those things people say, just to fill air space when they want to make you feel better? We may talk about it and maybe we believe it, but how often do we tap into God’s power through prayer? I have found that in my life, prayer is all too often used as a last resort, after I have exhausted all of my own resources. However, that isn’t what God teaches.
God want us to know that we are to pray and He gives instructions.
According to 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Keep on praying”. The King James Version says: “Pray without ceasing.”
Praying without ceasing does not mean praying constantly, but being persistent and consistent in prayer. Don’t give up if you don’t get the answer right away. Our fast-food society often expects instant results but God works in His time.
Does prayer work?
James 5:16 says that
“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”
I think to truly believe something you must fully understand it, so let’s break it down.
The earnest prayer: God says that if I am serious about my prayer, He will answer. Earnest has the feeling of being ‘with energy.’ The attitude should be one of “single-mindedness” Earnest and persistent prayer is essential whereas halfhearted prayer is self-defeating.
A righteous person: So, who is righteous? ‘Righteous’ brings to my mind, someone pure and good. I think of Mother Theresa or Billy Graham although we are told that “There is no one who is righteous, not even one” Romans 3:10 NKJ
The good news is that we don’t have to become righteous on our own.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says: “for God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us.”
And Romans 10:10 says: “ For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.”
So because I trust in Jesus and believe that He took on my sin, and in return, God gave me His righteousness, I qualify as the “righteous person.”
Has great power and wonderful results. Jesus assures us that prayer will bring results.
Matthew 17:20 tells us: …Jesus told them. “I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
This is more than enough power than is needed to answer my prayers.
For the miracle of prayer to begin working in our lives we must do one thing. Pray, earnestly, consistently and persistently. The more I study what Jesus taught, the more I believe that my prayers will be answered. I know that it will be in God’s time and according to His judgment, and that’s good enough for me.