PRAISE AND POWER                                POWER IN PRAYER                            October 27, 2019

We often simply mouth our prayer without heartfelt believing.  We sometimes do this because we really are not convinced that God can or will answer our prayer.  We may pray in a certain way because those are the words we have been taught to say for certain things or because we think that is the way we are supposed to do it.  Then we wonder why our prayers are not answered.

God’s purpose for our praying is not for vain repetition, or to impress others about how great we sound in praying some wonderful prayer.  God’s purpose for prayer is for fellowship and for responding to requests.  He wants us to open our hearts before our heavenly Father.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;…”  (1 Timothy 2:1)  Four different types of prayers are mentioned in this verse.  All are important in the life of a believer.  Supplications are prayer requests for specific needs.  Then there are general prayers to God and prayers making petition on behalf of someone else.  Finally we are exhorted to offer thanksgiving to God.  We want to pray according to God’s Word. 

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)  “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19)  We believe when we pray and we can pray together with another individual according to God’s Word and expect to see His Word come to pass.  These were promises in the Gospels and we can expect no less as sons of God.

Prayer is very powerful.  We must pray for things that God has promised.  God has not promised that we would win the lottery.  He has promised to be our sufficiency and provide our needs.  There are things revealed in God’s Word that we know we can pray for because God has promised them.

As we walk faithfully with Him, God may also reveal to us other things to pray for.  Hezekiah prayed  and God extended his life by 15 years and saved Jerusalem from her enemy.  In addition to that, God moved the sun backward by ten degrees as a sign that He would do what He said He would do. This record is in Isaiah 38:1-8.

If God could intervene for Hezekiah and others in the Old Testament, what do you suppose He can and will do for you and me as sons of God endued with power from on high?  We only need to believe God’s Word when He says He can answer our prayer.  We need to pray with believing; not just mouthing words or hoping God will hear us and answer our prayer.  Prayer is powerful.   “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  (James 5:16b)  There is power in prayer.  When we pray today, let’s remember who we are praying to and expect answers according to God’s Word.


“PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton.  Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life.  You may contact us: PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email:  102719



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