Staying Prayerful

How powerful is prayer?  The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16 declares, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for 3 1/2 years. Again, he prayed, and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops. God most definitely listens to prayers, answer prayers, and move in response to prayers. Jesus taught; I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing is impossible for you (Matthew 17:20). 

How do we tap into it? The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying, but rather the power resides in the God who is being prayed to. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “this is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him”. No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer, God answer prayers that agree with His will. His answers are not always “yes”, but are always in our best interest.

When our desires line up with His will,  we will come to understand that in time when we pray passionately, sincerely, and purposefully, according to God’s will, God responds powerfully!! We cannot access powerful prayer by using “magic formulas”. Our prayers being answered is not based on the eloquence of our prayers. We don’t have to use certain words or phrases to get God to answer our prayers. In fact, Jesus rebukes those who pray using repetitions, “and when you pray, do not keep babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words”. Do not be like them for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him (Matthew 6:7-8). Prayer is communicating with God.

All you must do is ask for the help. Psalm 107:28-30 reminds us, “then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress, he stilled the storm to a whisper, even the waves and the sea obeyed and hushed. They were glad when it grew calm and He guided them to their desire haven”. There is power in prayer! The power of prayer does not flow from us. It is not special words we say or the special way we say them or even how often we say them. The power of prayer places us in contact with the Almighty God, and we should expect Almighty results, whether He chooses to grant our petitions or deny our requests. The God to whom we pray is the source of the power of prayer, and He can and will answer us according to His perfect will and timing. #ThePowerofGOD 

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