The Power of Prayer
15th OCTOBER, 2021
For this reason, I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]. [Mark 11:24 AMPC]
The beautiful thing about prayer is that God hears us when we call on Him. In Bible days, people who put their trust totally in the Lord received answers to their prayers. One such person is the apostle, Paul.
Paul’s life was decorated with miracles, signs, and wonders. As he went about preaching the good news of God’s kingdom. His message was inundated with the healing of the sick, those under demonic captivity were set free and even the dead were raised back to life (Acts 19:11,12, 20:7–12).
Paul himself survived harsh weather conditions and was able to go without food for days. These feats and more were made possible by the power of God released through prayer.
Matthew 7:7 also reveals that when we ask God about something, He will answer us. By simply asking in prayer, we can find out what God’s vision for us is. The good news is, prayer not only enables us to discover what the plans, thoughts, or intentions of God for us are but also activates the power (ability and might) needed for the accomplishment of the same.
Prayer is important for both knowing and doing the will of God.
Prayer gives us the opportunity to access the resources of heaven, and also serves as a platform to fellowship with God and enjoy His presence. Many Christians wonder why God waits for us to pray before acting. If God already knows our needs, they inquire, why doesn’t He just meet them? By principle, God will not force anything on us, no matter how good. Hence, we must be intentional about communicating with Him. It is however important to note that, as a loving Father, He patiently waits for us to make time and use our own free will to come to Him.
Thank you Father for reminding me of the power of prayer today. I receive Your grace to be intentional about investing more in prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Further Reading: Luke 18:1, 7
Bible In One Year: 2 Corinthians [3–6]