Prayer is powerful. Here are 20 Bible truths that explain what prayer can do for you.
The power of
prayer is the power of God. Our prayers move the heart and hand of God.
Since God is all-powerful,
there is no limit as to what prayer can do.
Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
God is able to
answer our prayers beyond our imagination!
His power exceeds our capacity to ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
feeble in their own strength but become mighty when they pray.
said, “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon their knees.” No wonder our enemy works so hard to keep us
What can you accomplish through the power of prayer? The Bible gives us many examples.
We are in a spiritual war. The battle lines are drawn. Sides have been chosen. The forces of good and evil collide in a furious battle for the souls of men. Are you prepared? Learn how to put on the whole armor of God.
Soldiers going into battle wear specific and important gear. Armor and weapons are directly related to life expectancy in battle.
God has given us special armor to wear as we battle for Him.
Every day, there is a spiritual war raging around us. God’s people are not spectators watching the battle from a safe distance.
Bullets are whizzing by our heads. Traps are laid for our destruction. The enemy advances upon our position. One wrong move and we can become a casualty of this spiritual war.
This may not make sense to you as you read it. You are reading this in relative comfort. You don’t hear gunshots or see the enemy so you feel safe.
You are not…
This warfare takes place on a spiritual plane that can only be seen with eyes of faith. The evidence of carnage surrounds us, yet is often explained away.
You can be successful in this war, but you must do these two things:
Are you ready to ramp up your prayer life? Do you need to see miracles? An all-night or extended prayer meeting will take you to the next level. Here’s how to do it.
An extended prayer meeting is one of our most powerful spiritual weapons. You can do it by yourself or with a group. Consider this thought –
Quality Vs Quantity
Does it matter how long you pray? Some say that it is better to pray for shorter periods of “quality” time vs. longer periods. This thought may sound good at first but quickly dissolves under the weight of Bible Truth.
How many people do you know that pray a long time, but don’t pray “quality” prayers?
The truth is the flesh doesn’t want to pray. It wants to get up and go do other things. Prayer is a spiritual discipline that must be cultivated and refined.
The Bible is clear that some situations require longer times of prayer. Each believer should have daily, consistent prayer times. Yet, some situations require seasons of extended prayer.
Pastors are on the front lines of spiritual battle. They need an abundance of prayer to survive and thrive. How much do you pray for pastors?
1 Thessalonians 5:25 “Brethren, pray for us.”
This verse is the cry of every pastor. They are keenly aware of their need for God.
Here are five reasons to pray fervently and often for your pastor.
1. Pastors represent God.
Wow. Think about that statement.
Pastors represent the Almighty Creator of the Universe in a community. They are the undershepherd of Jesus Christ leading local congregations. This high calling is a great privilege and a terrible responsibility.
A humble pastor knows that he is not worthy of the title. Yet, he accepts it in obedience to God’s call.
1 Corinthians 9:16 “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”
1 Timothy 1:12 “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;”
Only through God’s grace and intercessory prayer of others can a pastor hope to satisfy his high calling. (more…)
Affliction is defined as “The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution” in Webster’s 1828 dictionary. There is a big difference between the effects of short-term trials and long-term afflictions. Psalm 102 will help your faith to flourish during the most difficult times of life.
The Cry of the Afflicted
Psalm 102:1–2, 24
“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me In the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: In the day when I call answer me speedily. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations.”
Affliction causes us to cry out to the Lord. Where else can you go when your heart is breaking? (more…)