Is there a power in prayer that is largely untapped by believers in Christ today? If the answer is yes wouldn’t it behoove us to investigate and learn what we are missing? We readily confess, “Nothing is impossible with God!” We sing of God’s faithfulness and trustworthiness. We preach of the infinite, omnipotent, omniscient God who loves us incomprehensibly and unconditionally. If we love, serve and have relationship with such a God, and we do, then shouldn’t our time with Him in prayer be substantial in scope and depth? Shouldn’t we want to pray? Shouldn’t prayer change things?
In John 15, Jesus told His followers to abide in Him, pray and He would give them what they ask. Jesus said in Matthew 7, “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door shall be opened.” God wants us to spend time with Him and ask for things. He wants us to ask persistently too (Luke 18) as He specifically said persistence in prayer pays off in answers. God wants us to ask big, often and in faith. John summed it up this way in 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God; if we ask anything according to His will He hears us and if He hears us, whatever we ask, we have that which we ask of Him.” Ah, so there is the catch! What we ask must be in accordance with His will!
What is God’s will for our life? What is His will for any particular situation we face? The answer is simple, God’s will is His glory; He receives greatest glory from our life as we progress in Christ-likeness. Philippians 1:6 says He has begun a good work in us and will be faithful to complete it; that work is that we would become more and more like Jesus. Paul told us in Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” What is His purpose? The answer is given in Romans 8:29, that we would be “conformed into the likeness of His Jesus.”
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT…
Our prayers are answered as they line up with God’s greater good for us; as they conform to, and coincide with, His bigger plan for our life. Our prayers are answered, in the affirmative or negative, according to how the answers might make us more like Jesus and produce greater glory for Him.
Are you praying big, often and in great faith? Are you praying diligently with an eye on how the answers to your prayers might glorify God? The key to a stronger walk with God and richer prayer life awaits those who answer yes!
Is there power in prayer? The answer is an absolute yes. Every prayer we lift is an opportunity to see God move in our life. Every prayer is a chance to see God work all things together for our good. Every prayer is an opportunity to see God provide for our every need according to His riches in glory. Every prayer is an opportunity to become more like Christ. There is power in prayer!