The Power of Prayer
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2, NKJV).
Prayer is a direct conversation with God, and it pleases Him when we praise Him and give Him our thanks.
Prayer is a two-way form of communication, and when we confidently believe that God will answer us when we make a request, He will honor the confidence we place in Him. When we converse with Him through prayer, He reveals to us things that the rest of the world doesn’t know. “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3). God doesn’t change. What He said thousands of years ago is still true today, and will remain true until the end of time.
Effective prayer requires having faith in what God promises us in the Scriptures. One of those promises is that He’ll give us peace of mind when we trust Him enough to turn over all our worries to Him. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7, NIV). Whatever went wrong in our life, God is able — and He wants to — right the wrongs.
Praying with the full expectation that what we ask for will come to pass will free Him up to fulfill our requests. This means not allowing any doubt to cloud our minds, and simply believe without reservations. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22). This is very simple and straightforward, and we must be careful not to add conditions or make it complicated. This really works whether we’re praying for healing of any kind, deliverance from a tough situation, or freedom from negative emotions.
When we begin to experience the amazing power true prayer holds, we suddenly realize how it literally changes our entire life. If we simply believe, prayer turns defeat into victory and changes everything. This knowledge gives us access to God’s presence at any time and fills us with joy from heaven. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, NKJV).
Take God at His word!
*Devotional courtesy of Creflo Dollar
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