The Simple Power of Prayer

I came across some great quotes on prayer…

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil” – E.M. Bounds

“I have been driven many times upon my knees (in prayer) by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient of that day” – Abraham Lincoln

“A prayer-less Christian is like a bus driver trying alone to push his bus out of a rut because he does not know Clark Kent is on board.” – John Piper

“Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude – an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.” Arthur Pink

“The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!'”- J. Hudson Taylor (the last part of his quote is from Jeremiah 33:3)

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” – Brother Lawrence

“He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life.” – William Law

There is something amazing about prayer, about us communicating/ talking with God. All over the Bible we are challenged, encouraged, and commanded to pray.

1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!
Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing,
Philippians 4:6-7 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Now sure we do not always get the answers we want when we pray; some people will not get healed, or some circumstances will not change, or some things we ask for will not happen. This is where we need to trust in God regardless of the outcome, yet believing God can do anything. See, He is God and we are not. He knows what is best and has purposes far beyond ours.

Proverbs 3:5-6 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Yet, God has put in our hands a simple but powerful tool to use! Why would we not?!? There is so much going on in our world today, we need to pray; the shootings in Canada, Seattle, Sacramento, San Clemente…Ebola, Isis, wars, the economy, famine, drought, our families, even ourselves! And what about this next election in just a few days; new people in congress and others that will be put in a place of political and social influence…even here in our city of Cypress we have 3 seats open on our city council that will change the climate of this community…we need to pray!

James 5:16b-18 16b The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.1 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

Let’s engage this simple power of prayer. It’s one of our callings as followers of Jesus. You will be surprised at how we can thrive and help other thrive as we pray. Why not spend a moment and pray right now.

Seeking to employ the simple power of prayer with you and for you,

Mike

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