Communication with God
through written or spoken words, thoughts, meditation, or song.
A reverent petition
The Power of Prayer
There is something raw and exposing about prayer. Weather out of joy, longing, or sorrow, prayer is a purposeful and submissive bending of body, soul, mind and spirit. It is the acknowledgement “I am not all there is, nor am I all I need to be.” There is One greater, mightier, more Holy, Wise, Loving, and Powerful!
As a youngster I struggled with prayer. If God was in control, and if God had a plan, why did I need to pray? He knew my heart, and could see what I was going through. I wasn’t going to change His mind so why pray?
In a way I was right, my prayers would never alter God’s ultimate will and plan for my life, BUT there was something prayer would and could alter, ME!
Over the past few years, the Lord has mercifully led me through some lengthy periods of stretching, purging, refining, and growth. These private, humbling, and sometimes painful trials have opened my eyes to the transforming purpose and power of prayer. You see, prayer does not bend the Lord’s will to mine, it softens my heart to His.
What Prayer isn’t…..
Prayers that begin as tattle-tale list of offences, hurts, and need accomplish little when I came determined to “Get what I thought I needed.” There is no room for the stubborn in prayer! I have experienced moments of stubborn prayer. Times I rudely and proudly presented myself before the throne with an agenda. I would come determined to tell Christ the way things were, determined not to walk away till I was satisfied. Usually I walked away frustrated and an even more distant relationship with Him. These prayers never accomplish anything!
Proper, Powerful, Purposeful Prayer
Praise the Lord for His mercy and patience, He never turned His back from me. I am grateful for the times he ushered me through sweet, intimate moments of brokenness and fellowship with Him. Special seasons of life when my heart, soul, spirit, and body yielded in great heaving sobs, bending malleable and submissive to the gentle, purposeful hands of the Loving Father. In these times of prayer, heaven and earth parted to unite a broken, needy, and seeking child into the presence of her Abba, Pappa, Father.
When I have fallen on my face before Him, not demanding answers, but pleading for grace, strength, understanding, and the desire to obey His will, He has gloriously spoken. He has granted ears to hear, eyes to see, and a mind able to comprehend the love, grace, power, and glory He has bestowed upon me.
Prayer that overcomes doesn’t make hardship disappear, rather it moves man out of the way, overcoming him. The Prayer of faith might be able to mover mountains, but far greater is it’s ability to conform the once broken, wayward, rebellious, deceived, sin blinded heart of a man so that he can cry with passion,
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”
“To live is to die and to die is to gain”
“I will decrease that He might increase!”
“Not my will oh Father, but Thine.”
“To you alone of God may there be ALL Glory and Honor, Praise and glory”
“It will be worth it all, the day I see my Jesus!”
Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayeror removed his steadfast love from me!
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayerof the righteous.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant inprayer.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything byprayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.