TOPIC: THE POWER OF PRAYER
TEXT: Philippians 4:6
BY: Eyo Nse.
When prayer is mentioned what comes to our minds? Well, Prayer is the rightful and the only means of communication with God, our creator.
Many has underestimated the power of prayer, this has resulted in many assuming that God is not alive. Even when the Bible has admonished us to pray without season.
In the world today, prayers have solved so many problems among brethren and it is still counting.
Before one follow suit, let’s see some few passages what the Bible has to say about prayer.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT PRAYER
1. In the book of Philippians 4:6 the Bible says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
2. Also, in the book of James 5:16 it says; “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
3. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
4. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:12).
5. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3).
6. “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28).
7. “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)
8. “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” (Psalms 18:6).
9. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24).
10. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
PRAYERS HAS HELP MANY IN THE DAYS PAST
1. Elijah: Elijah was an Old Testament prophet of God. God listened to Elijah, thereby his prayers were answered.
“Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, ‘O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.’ And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.” (1 Kings 17:21-22) (ESV).
2. Mary: Mary was the mother of Jesus. God answered her prayers after she presented them before him.
“…and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.” Luke 1:47-50 (ESV). Sometimes referred to as the Magnificat, this is Mary’s song of praise to God.
3. Jesus Christ: Also, God answered the prayers of Jesus Christ.
“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’” Matthew 26:39 (ESV).
Prayer is the key, so we should always go into prayers. During prayers we communicate directly to God that is why prayers should never be joke with.
A prayerful home tends to record fewer problems than the opposite, even the Bible has instructed us to pray without season.
Some prayers are answered immediately, while others might delay, so let us pray without ceasing and God will surely say “YES” to all our request.
May God bless and help us put this message into practice so we can continue to attract blessings from him in Jesus name. Amen!