Prayer Is Powerful Because It Is Direct Communication With The Living God

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   5/7/2012

Prayer seems like such a simple concept that we, as Christians, should be familiar with. It is something we do in church or before meals, but shouldn’t it be more?

After all, most religions are familiar with prayer. The difference is that, for Christians, our prayers have power behind them because we have a Savior who is alive—a God who hears and answers our prayers.  

However, it seems as if many of us do not have the prayer lives that God intends for us to have. We pray to God when we have a need, but what about when we are without need? Doesn’t the Lord deserve our thanks for meeting all of our needs? God plainly gives us His purpose in prayer that we should “pray without ceasing.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18- “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Our prayers should include thanksgiving and rejoicing to our God for the incredible works He has done in our lives. Prayer is something that lies in the very center of our faith. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to pray to God and have a personal relationship with Him. As we “pray without ceasing” we will remain in close relationship to our Savior. 

Prayer is a powerful tool, yet it seems many Christians do not think twice about their prayer life. Maybe it is because they think God will not answer their prayers. The Lord has made it clear to us through His Word that He listens to our prayers and will answer. He actually tells us to ask for what we need in prayer, and as we pray in faith, the Lord will answer.  

Matthew 21:22- “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” 

Mark 11:24- “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  

God asks us to pray to Him about everything. He always answers our prayer—even though sometimes it may not be in the way we want Him to answer. God’s answer to our prayer requests can be an immediate yes, and He provides for our need.

Other times, the answer is no. This does not mean that God did not answer our prayers; it simply means His answer was “no” or “not at this time.” And there are even times where God has answered my own prayers by simply telling me to “wait.” God has perfect timing for everything even if it is not our own timing.  

Looking at another aspect of prayer—how many people in our lives need prayer and share prayer requests with us on a daily basis? I know I have a lot of prayer requests to pray for, but the question lies in whether or not we are actually praying. We have a God that is capable of powerful miracles, yet we aren’t praying and asking God to perform these miracles.  

My sister and brother-in-law are missionaries in the Africa, and they recently shared a quote in their monthly newsletter by Wayne A.Grudem: 

“If we pray little, it is probably because we do not really believe that prayer accomplishes much at all.” 

For those who are serving the Lord in other countries, prayer is a great necessity in their daily lives. As they live among those who are not believers and in the midst of spiritual warfare, they are always in a constant state of prayer. I find it interesting that we do not live in the same way in our own lives. It shouldn’t matter where we are living or whether we are missionaries or not. God calls us to have a dedicated prayer life.  

There are people in our lives that are in desperate need of a touch from God, and it is our responsibility as Christ-followers to pray for them. We should be praying for those with specific needs, and we should always be praying for our friends and family who are not saved. What will it take for Christ-followers to live a bold life of prayer? Do we treat prayer like it is not important or not powerful without even realizing it? 

I think it is crucial, as Christians, to pray and ask God to reveal to us our attitude towards prayer and work toward living a life where prayer is not something we do only at meals or when we’re in church, but that we would do just as God asks of us—“pray without ceasing.”

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