The Power of Prayer
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.Jeremiah 33:3
“It’s only as we press into God’s presence in prayer and call out to Him that we activate His promise to answer us with mind-boggling power and answers that are beyond our natural ability to comprehend.1” Prayer reveals our dependence on God, our desire to be close to Him, and our motivation to serve Him; then, we will experience the Lord’s power.
Prayer should be natural to us as breathing. If Jesus walked through the day with us, do you think you would naturally call on Him for his advice and divine power? The truth is that Christ lives in us through the Spirit and when we pray from our heart, we will see the power of Christ in our life. Ask and it will be given to you seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7) If we don’t pray and ask, it will not be given to us.
For our prayers to be effective, we pray from a heart of surrender that seeks God’s will. “The word prayer describes an altar of sacrifice and consecration built in the place of prayer, upon which a person entirely yields his life to the Lord.2” How can we have a faith that pleases the Lord without a surrendered heart?
“Prayer is a vehicle that lifts us up to a place in the Spirit where we can enjoy close, intimate fellowship with God.3” The closer the relationship we have with the Lord, the more we surrender to his will, the more we are motivated to serve Him, and the more of His love we have in our hearts. Prayer with a surrendered heart brings us closer to the Lord and drives us into His Word because the Word is the language of God. The more we know the Word, the more we will understand His answer to our prayers and the more we can follow the Spirit.
“God obviously desires to do more than merely bless us. He wants to change us.4” For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:29) All who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior are predestined to conform to the image of His Son. The Lord will answer our prayers and at the same time, tell the Spirit to guide us to make us more like Jesus.
“We have to make the decision to do whatever is necessary to cultivate a passion for prayer. It’s the only way we will continually stay ablaze with the Spirit of God.5” If our Spirits are not on fire for God, then our motivation to serve Him will begin to cease. What kind of relationship can we have with the Lord if we don’t depend on Him and pray for His guidance?
Today, remember to pray and seek the Lord’s guidance as you go through the day. Pray without ceasing meaning we call on the Lord for every detail of our life. This will cultivate our need to pray and bring the Lord’s power into our life.
Prayer: Lord, guide me in the Spirit and keep my heart seeking you in prayer. Fill my heart with fire, motivating me to reveal Christ to the world around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen
- Pg 64, “A Life Ablaze” by Rick Warner, 2020
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