The Life Changing
POWER OF PRAYER
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken
Reviewed by Wilson Owino Ochieng
“Jesus said: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7)
THE AWESOME POWER OF PRAYER
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41)
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” – Abraham Lincoln
WHY IS PRAYER SO IMPORTANT?
Prayer is the natural outcry from the heart of a human being to his Maker in response to the tug of the Word of God, implanted within the conscience.
That tug is even stronger in the heart of one who has had a visitation of the Holy Spirit’s convicting presence or has heard the gospel message! The Holy Spirit’s call to prayer becomes as natural and desirous as the call for food at mealtime!
“Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocked it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
PRAYER IS OUR INNER MAN CRYING OUT FOR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
Prayer is our inner man crying out for help, fellowship and spiritual nourishment! It is born out of our need and the assurance that God is there to meet that need and answer our prayer.
PRAYER IS COMMUNING WITH THE LORD
Prayer is talking, listening and communing with our Maker as we enter into the very presence of Almighty God. It is intimate fellowship on a “one-to-one basis” with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
WHEN WE PRAY, OUR TOTAL MIND, BODY & SPIRIT BECOMES INVOLVED
Our spirit cries out in response to our needs and those of others, as God plays on our heart strings, encouraging us to share those burdens with Him.
Our minds stagger under the weight of sin, fear, worry and care and our spirits soar both to heights unknown as well as plumb to incomprehensible depths.
We groan in the spirit of intercession or exult in the joy of God, knowing that He is taking control of the situation! And that by our compassion, care and faith people in need are being convicted, strengthened, healed and blessed.
As we weep in travail our eyes redden, our physical strength is taxed and our body becomes weary! Then the Holy Spirit takes over and intercedes through us with groaning that cannot be uttered, and we enter into a new realm as we pray in the Spirit (unknown tongues), as St. Paul did. (1 Corinthians 14:15)
The Divine Paraclete (the Comforter – the One sent alongside to help) helps us as we do not know how we ought to pray. But He comes to our rescue and prays through us to the Father.
The entire Trinity is involved in our fellowship, as we pray to God our Father in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
PRAYER LINKS US TO ALMIGHTY GOD
Prayer is mankind’s most vital link with Almighty LORD God. It is, in fact, entering into His very presence with our requests, petitions and thanksgiving.
The scripture says, He is closer than our hands or feet. It is therefore, not difficult to draw upon His power by reaching out in prayer and touching Him.
WHEN WE PRAY, GOD NOT ONLY LISTENS TO US, BUT GOD SPEAKS TO OUR SPIRITS
When we pray, God not only listens but speaks to our spirits and answers our requests in His own way, according to His divine and gracious will.
The woman with the “issue of blood” touched Him with her faith and received an instant miracle. Jesus turned about in the crowd and asked specifically, “Who touched My clothes”?
Many rubbed shoulders with Him, but one person touched Him by faith. She had said within herself, “If I but touch His garment, I shall be whole.” She was made whole, and Jesus declared that her faith had gotten the job done! (Matthew 9:21)
God’s Word says: “And it shall come to pass that, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24).
‘Prayer is talking, listening and communing with God as we enter into the very presence of the Almighty!’
The 20th Century Bible renders the account this way: Jesus said, “Someone has touched Me”. And they said, “Master, the multitudes press Thee and crush Thee”. But He answered, “No, someone has made a demand upon My ability”.
When we believe and reach out for a miracle, we make a demand upon His ability and draw from His great storehouse of blessing, that which we desire! Another beautiful aspect, is that the woman received the miracle without Jesus knowing she had a need. The miracle was already accomplished before Jesus was aware of it.
PRAYER CAN COMPLETELY CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND OTHER’S LIVES
The Psalmist prayed: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer. Thou hast heard the desire of the humble.” (Psalms 19:14; Psalms 10:17)’
PRAYER NOT ONLY CHANGES THINGS; IT CHANGES LIVES
The easiest way for me to illustrate God’s provision for us, is to compare it to a buffet banquet. Many tables, loaded with the best foods sits in the middle of the room and guests help themselves at will. The host simply walks among his friends to see if everyone is getting enough to eat, while the servers keep loading the tables with fresh supplies.
The host is not really concerned whether you make one or three trips to the tables, so long as you get enough to eat. He doesn’t watch to see if you take one leg of chicken or two.
AS BELIEVERS, WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US: FORGIVENESS, HEALING, BLESSING & PROSPERITY
Forgiveness, healing, blessing and prosperity are all provided for us. We can have all we need! All we have to do, is reach out by faith and make a demand on His ability, by receiving. Automatically, when we tap into His resources by faith in His finished work on Golgotha, the miracle happens.
PRAYER CHANGE THINGS FOR THE BETTER
Prayer changes things! Many situations have been altered, lives changed and priorities rearranged by spending time in prayer.
Why is this? God answers prayer! God performs miracles! He is real, and communion with Him is a glorious reality! God does answer prayer.
Through prayer and communion with God we can affect the course of this world and change the complexion of society.
Not only does prayer change things but it changes people – the lives of the ones prayed for as well as the persons praying. Thousands of answers to prayer are recorded regularly in the books of heaven, as well as in the remembrances of committed Christians.
Miracles of salvation, healing, preservation, deliverance and prosperity are common occurrences for those who really believe God’s Word and appropriate His promises for themselves.