Tap Into the Power of Prayer
The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16 declares, “…The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three-and-a-half years. Again, he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops (1 Kings 17:1-7, 18:41-44; James 5:17-18).
God most definitely listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers. But, how do we tap into the power of those prayers, in order to get an answer?
Jesus taught, “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible,” Matthew 17:20 (NLT). This is a metaphor using a mountain to represent your problems, meaning regardless of the size of your problem, you can move them when you pray, even with just a small amount of faith.
In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NLT), it tells us, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
The Bible urges us, in Ephesians 6:18-20 (NLT), “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.”
These are but a few biblical references to help guide us into learning to tap into the power of prayer. However, the power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the God who is being prayed to.
The Bible also reminds us in 1 John 5:14-15 (NLT) that we can have confidence in approaching God, “that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”
When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God’s will, God responds powerfully!