The Power of Prayer

Peter Wagner once said…

“God’s purpose may be thwarted or it may be accomplished depending, to one degree or another, on the obedience of His people and their willingness to use the weapons of spiritual warfare that He has provided. God is powerful enough to win any battle, but He has designed things so that the release of His power at a given moment of time often is contingent upon the decisions and the actions of His people. A principle weapon of spiritual warfare is prayer. Not just routine or mediocre prayer, but prayer powerful enough to move God’s hand in order to determine the destiny of a whole nation.”

E.M Bounds wrote,

“Prayer is power and strength, a power and strength that influences God, and is most salutary, widespread, and marvelous in its gracious benefits to man. Prayer influences God. The ability of God to do for man is the measure of the possibility of prayer.”

It’s true – God has given us many weapons.  Weapons of victory.  Are we using those weapons effectively?

I was thinking about this over the weekend, as I was praying over the quilted prayer shawls, getting them ready to be mailed out.

I have enjoyed anointing and praying over each prayer shawl.  It is our point of contact.  It is our prayer of agreement.  I believe in the power of prayer.  I believe His power and anointing is tangible and I am hearing testimonies to that fact as people receive their quilted prayer shawls.

Even after they are mailed out, God will bring that person to mind.  As He does, I stop and pray and agree with them once again.

James 5:16 says; The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

Tremendous power is released when we pray!  Power that is dynamic in its working!  But not just in any prayer – in the earnest, heartfelt, and continued prayer.  Does that describe your prayer life today?

Prayer is a powerful weapon, especially when we are praying the word of God.  When we are speaking His word, we can rest assured it will come to pass.  How?

Isaiah 55:10-11 says; For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return without watering the earth, making it bud and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it.

God’s word will accomplish whatever it was sent to accomplish.  We do this through prayer, by speaking HIS words out of our mouth.

I am also seeing this in the Monday Morning Audio Prayers that go out to our partners.  As I pray over each partner and declare Gods word over them and their family, I am hearing reports about the wonderful things God is doing.  Each week, I get emails telling me that the prayer was exactly what they needed to hear.  I thank GOD for that.  There is power in prayer my friend.

Today I want to ask you to examine your prayer life.

Are you taking time to pray each day?  Are your prayers continual?  Are they heartfelt?  Are they lining up with the word of God?  Are you using the powerful weapons He has given you to change your situation?

If you can answer yes, then continue to stand.  His word will accomplish all you are sending it to accomplish.

If you answer no, don’t condemn yourself.  Simply begin to pray.  Set aside time in your day to pray.  Ask God to show you scriptures to stand in faith with and pray and declare them.  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray effectively.  He will.  God wants your prayers answered even more than you do.  However, first…you must pray heartfelt prayers…and believe you have what you have prayed.

It’s time we press in with prayer, knowing there is great power in our prayers.

 

Meditate on this:
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5