Prayer: Your Most Powerful Weapon

Prayer: Your Most Powerful Weapon

This is the last on the install on prayer. And honestly, this has been such a powerful series I really could go on. But I hope you have been inspired and blessed by what you have read!

Please read on:

Pray for Others. Let’s hold up each other. I may not always know when you are struggling or need something. You may not even realize it. But make it a point to pray for others, so that they may be helped, healed and saved. We can alleviate so much with prayer. Often we will begin to pray in one realm and God will re-direct us based on the real need. But first we gotta speak that name or situation in prayer. 

Suffering is all around us. The Florida shooting is a clear indication of the suffering in this world. When we don’t know how to comfort, or when we can’t physically reach those that need us–our prayers are far-reaching and more powerful than condolences or “warm thoughts”. Our friends, families and co-workers need us. They need us using that powerful, calculating weapon that brings comfort and peace in the midst of even the most devastating of situations; it’s that weapon that releases the power of God that saves sick bodies and souls and heals cancers, regulates hearts and delivers from depression and cures addicts and heal marriages. Yeah, that’s the kind of power that can be released when we pray—yes, us. Never take it for granted. When our faith-filled prayers reach the ears of God we suddenly become a danger to the kingdom of darkness—we have the key that our Enemy will never have. We become a threat that cannot be ignored. Suddenly where we were weak, we become strong because all of heaven comes to our defense and backs us:

“Truly I tell you, whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. New Living Translation. “I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. (Matt. 18:18)

 

 Pray often.

Bottom line? Just do it. The more we do it, the more we do it. It becomes a habit, a way of life. It becomes our first recourse—bypassing a lot of unnecessary stuff. Make prayer priority and not a matter of; I will get to it eventually. Let it be your first line of defense, your Number 1 strategy, your main thing. Let it trump first conversation with any other source (no matter how much of a spiritual sage your grandmother may be).  It is too relevant. It is too significant.

 Realize the power that is in your hands through prayer.

The power of God is released and goes into play just like it did with the woman with the issue of blood.

But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” (Luke 8:46 KJV)

And no demon in hell can contend with that power.

When we realize the power of prayer we will steal away, desperate for time with God. We will savor those moments like the best chocolates (or whatever your choice of decadence may be). Our time in prayer won’t be consumed by recapping the problem, but by calling on our savior for an answer to a situation of which he is already aware. In prayer, in faith our weapon gives us access to power like no other line of defense or offense.

 

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The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]..”

 

 

God has a plan for you, are you walking it out?

Let’s face it, we like being in control. We love to create fantastic plans and revel in the thrill of them being played out. Then we become frustrated when things go awry and it seems as if the entire universe is against us. But let’s be honest–how many of us seek God first for direction? How many consult with him regularly and the move accordingly?

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Provb. 16:9, ESUVK)

Sometimes as we are caught in the moment we move quickly, excitedly because after all, we are endeavoring in a good thing. But every good thing isn’t expedient or our job to accomplish.

God is one of purpose. He is not a God that moves on a whim; he is not swayed by our emotions or frustrations or desperation. He has a plan. It is for our good. His plan has perfect timing; it has a rhythm and season. It does not fail even when we do.

 

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We Do Not Live to Please Ourselves

We are not designed or created to pursue goals to live blissful lives according to our own desire or world view. We are made to be used by Him. We are a part of a whole– a single, intricate thread designed by God with precision and purpose and woven into the fabric of reconciliation. He has called us unto Himself—and in turn he uses some to influence and bring others to Him as well. When we focus solely on ourselves we lose sight of the greater good. We are only a small fraction in the grand plan. And we must trust his plan. Trust his way.

 

If You’re Lost don’t be afraid to ask for Directions

Sometimes our frustration grows out of our failure to hear, listen and submit to His way. He is always speaking, but are we always listening?

If it seems you’re circling the same path, stuck in the same situation, frustrated by the obstacles which tripped you up last year, stop and ask for direction. It is not God’s desire that we waste time or repeat for the sake of repetition. Ask Him for next steps. Seek to know if you’ve gotten off task. Talk to Him and he will certainly talk to you.