The Power of Prayer

Written By Edmund Appiah

May 6, 2020
“Prayer is a rope that pulls God and man together. But it doesn’t pull God down to us; it pulls us up to Him.”
— Billy Graham

I think that’s an excellent definition for prayer; it sums it all up; prayer draws us closer to God. Prayer is a way we open our hearts to God, telling Him how we feel and how great He means to us. Prayer is a way of taking our weaknesses and anxieties to God and declaring our praise to Him. Prayer is communication between God and us. Prayer is you talking to your Father in Heaven. Remember, Jesus taught us a prayer? “Our Father” How do you value prayer as part of your Christian life? When I wake up in the morning, I first thank God for a new day and seek His guidance throughout the day, and I do the same thing to end the day. Throughout the day, I thank the Lord for all His doing and trust Him with everything else.

God is always waiting to hear us speak to Him because He is our Father. He loves us. He is still waiting for us to tell Him how we feel and what we feel for Him. Today I am encouraging you to start a new prayer life, live as a prayerful Christian. If prayer is a rope that pulls us to God, then pray harder to draw closer to God so that He will be close to you. Enough of the worries, the crying, and the discouragement. Pray to God.

What Good Does Prayer Do?

You might have a question like this in mind if you give up on prayer or if you are not enlightened about the power of prayer. I used to ask myself sometimes that “What good does prayer do? After all, I have been praying to God for such a long time but still no answer.” I had a problem with faith in God. When we have faith in God, we experience the power of prayer.

In Mark chapter 9:14-29, A man brought his son who has been possessed by demons to the disciples of Jesus so he will be delivered. The disciples tried their best but were unable to deliver the demon-possessed boy.
Jesus came in and delivered the young boy. That’s just a summary of what happened. Later on, Jesus’ disciples went to Him to ask why they couldn’t deliver the boy, and Jesus’ reply was, it can only be done through prayer.
Just like the disciples, many of us are facing things in our lives, which we have tried so many times to solve or have victory over them, but we are unable to. Today Jesus’ advice for us is to pray. A faith-filled prayer.

Prayer is the key that unlocks faith in our life. Effective prayer needs both the attitude of complete dependence and the action of asking.
Prayer demonstrates our reliance on God as we humbly invite Him to fill us with faith and power. There is no substitute for prayer, especially in circumstances that seem impossible. – NLT Life Application Bible.

Seek God’s Will.

Prayer becomes very useful when we pray according to God’s will. This means what you are asking God for should be God’s will for your life. Sometimes it isn’t that God doesn’t want to answer our prayer, it’s that we do not know how to pray the right way that is seeking His will.

I mostly end my prayer by saying, “Lord, may your will be done.” God’s will is better than mine. (See Jeremiah 29:11). You can’t ask God to give you the strength to fight a neighbor; He won’t answer, He would instead provide you with patience. You can’t ask God to provide you with cars whiles you are only ten years old or without a driver’s license. We should learn how to pray the right way to God. But there is good news. We have a helper, the Holy Spirit, the best companion of every Christian. God knows that on our own, we can’t pray much, so He has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us to pray according to God’s own will. Let’s read Romans 8:26-27.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”

— Romans 8:26 – 27

The Holy Spirit is with us to help us pray the right way. As a believer, you are not left to your resources to cope with problems. Even when you don’t know the right words to pray, the Holy Spirit prays with you and for you, and God answers.

With God helping you pray, you don’t need to be afraid to come before Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for you in harmony with God’s own will. Then when you bring your requests to God, trust that He will always do what is best.

Stay blessed always.

Your Friend, Edmund.

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