Power in the Prayers
Updated: Dec 3, 2019
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
The power of prayer is substantial. Yet, how often do we call on that power to make things happen not only in our own lives but in the lives of others? Prayer is a direct line to the throne room of God, and He wants to hear our prayers. Time and time again, Jesus is found telling his disciples things like, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith” (Matthew: 21-22). Because of the power of the Spirit that was sent to us, we have the authority to pray bold prayers, to have that faith that moves mountains, and to expect great things from The Father. If the Spirit himself can intercede for us and make sense of our hearts, then why not harness that power, that relationship?
I think sometimes we forget that the power that is found in the people used by God in the bible is found in the vessels of this day and age as well. Sometimes we think “Oh well, the apostles healed a sick man but I can’t do that.” Or we think, “An earthquake broke Paul and others out of jail, but I can’t bring that kind of power to my life”. Why do we underestimate the power of God when it lays in front of us in black and white? Why do we sell our God of miracles, our God of the universe, our God that defeated darkness and won the war against hell so short? When we pray, when we truly believe in those prayers, things like this happen! In our lives, in our families lives, in the lives of strangers even. God wants to move, He desires to move, and He asks us to be part of that movement— by telling us to ask, to petition, and to pray!
God doesn’t need us to move on this Earth, but because he desires us to be in relationship with Him, He wants us to be part of His work. Prayer is how we get to be part of the work He is doing. When we ask God about His heart and to make ours like His we get to be part of the kingdom work. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! That means it’s right there in front of us, everyday, in our every day lives. So let’s take that knowledge to bring glory to God! Let’s use our prayer lives to move mountains. Let’s petition God to soften hearts, to open eyes, and bring home every prodigal son and daughter that has run far away from His embrace. Prayer can do all of this and more, so let’s utilize it and let’s be part of God’s ministry of salvation and ultimate reconciliation.
Father, we know you are mighty and that you wish to move. I pray that we would have hearts that seek your will, that trust your Spirit, and that we would live Kingdom minded lives. I pray that we would pray without ceasing Lord, that we would always be in communion with you. My hope is that we would seek to petition you first about all decisions, all problems, all of our needs, and learn to do the same for others as well. You have given us the ability to speak with you no matter where, no matter when, and it is my hope that we use that to the advantage of your work here on this earth. Revival is so near, Lord, use us to bring it to fruition. In your mighty and powerful name, we ask you to use us as your vessels, amen.