Our God is a big God. Christians can harness the power of God through prayer. Colossians 1 tells us that He created the visible and invisible realms with artistry, wisdom, purpose, and perfection. There is nothing He does not know or cannot do. He is designer, master and commander of all that is. (1 Col 1:15 &16)
As His people, our feeble frames are home to the presence of the Divine in the person
of Holy Spirit. He lives inside us guiding us into all truth (John 16:13) and directing our steps.
The Spirit also prompts us to pray, to intercede for those who are lost and hurting, to help rescue and redeem this broken world from the clutches of enemy.
Prayer then, is a mission, a calling, a mighty weapon, able to “destroy arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
The Palace of Silence
Prayer is also the way we enter into the presence of God to meet and talk with Him intimately, to be comforted and instructed, strengthened and loved.
Believers who make a daily habit of at least 30 minutes of Scripture reading and prayer know how this nourishes their soul, calibrates their priorities and gives their life clarity and direction.
Christian author and mystic Madame Guyon expressed it this way: “I love the lonely, creative hours with God.”
Bold, Faith-filled Prayers
God also calls us to pray with faith and boldness. We must believe in the One were are petitioning and, if we do, He invites us to make daring requests!
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace
that we may obtain mercy and grace in our time of need.
~ Hebrews 4:16
Enlarge Your Borders
What are you burdened with today? A bad health report? A financial loss? A wayward child? The safety of our schools? The state of our nation? Wars and rumors of wars?
As big as your prayers are, God is bigger. You can never ask too much. In fact, Isaiah 54:2 tells us to enlarge the scope of our prayers.
Enlarge the place of your tent,
Sretch your tent curtain wide,
Do not back;
Lengthen your cords,
Strengthen your stakes.
Make a point to set daily times aside to quiet your soul and meet with God. Let Him speak to you through the Scriptures, and then pray boldly about all those things on your heart. Pastor John Piper says that the most wonderful thing about the Bible is that it reveals a God who satisfies His appetite for joy by answering prayer.
Prayers for Salvation
More than a century ago, Christian evangelist George Müller began praying for 5 personal friends. Within 5 years one of them came to faith, and in ten years two more. Müller persevered in prayer and after 25 years, a fourth friend got saved. For the fifth, Müller prayed for nearly 52 years until he accepted Christ a few months before his death.
Who is your toughest case? Never, never give up praying for those who God has placed on your heart! That is a divine assignment and He will answer in His perfect time!
Prayers for Healing
Famous British Christian missionary to China, Hudson Taylor, was once quoted as saying “I have found that there are three stages to every great work of God. First it is impossible, then it is difficult and then it is done.” We proved this true when, against all odds, God healed my husband of deadly bladder cancer. At first, the situation was impossible, then God made a new way, but it was very difficult.
Finally, true to His promises to us, one day it was done and my husband was completely healed! (You can read how we did it in our book http://www.healedhealthyandwhole.com). Trust that God is our Great Physician with resources mightier than all human wisdom. Pray to Him for your healing today!
Prayers for the Next Generation
Susanna Weslely, considered the mother of Methodism and mother to evangelists John and Charles Wesley, had 20 children. Even so, she set time aside every day to pray and was known to put the apron over her head which signaled to the children that their mother was praying!
Do you have children, nieces and nephews who you long to see come to faith? Pray fervently for them and that God might raise many warriors for Christ in their generation.
Prayers for Our Nation
The Bible tells us that the nation that honors God is blessed, but when a nation departs from God, it enters into a sad decline and ultimately falls. In 16th Century Scotland, clergyman and theologian John Knox, leader of the Protestant Reformation, interceded fervently for the souls of his countrymen.
Mary Queen of Scots, a Catholic, said she feared the prayers of John Knox more than an army of soldiers. Jooh Knox prayed:
“Oh, God of all power, who has called from death the great Pastor of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, comfort and defend the flock which He has redeemed by the blood of the eternal testament. Increase the number of true preachers, lighten the heart of the ignorant, relieve the pains of the afflicted, especially those who suffer for their Christian faith, by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Atomic Power of Prayer
Author Nick Harrison says “God’s call to prayer is a call to wield the most atomic weapon ever created. Our prayers have unlimited power because our God has unlimited power. So, when we pray, it’s not the might of our prayers but the might of our God that counts. Weak Christians become strong in prayer as they lean on the One who is strength!”
Today, dear Christian, hold nothing back, enter boldly into the throne room, lay your petitions and watch God move!
Then they cried out to the Lord in their distress,.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
The waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
And He guided them to their desired haven.
~ Psalm 107
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