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]..”

 

 

Prayer: Your Most Powerful Weapon

Prayer: Your Most Powerful Weapon

God is waiting to hear from you

Prayer is the most effective way to communicate with our heavenly Father. And he wants us to talk to him often. It is his deep desire for us, his children to come to him, not timidly or ashamedly , not unsure or haphazardly, but boldly as if we have every right to speak before him—and of course we do! And he wants to talk to us.

Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our times of need. (Heb. 4:16, KJV)

The Power of faith-filled prayer

The prayer of faith is a force so powerful it can render changes in the physical world that can baffle and confound even the wisest of us.

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. (Mk. 11:23, NIV)

When we pray in faith, you release the same power that raised Jesus out of a grave. When we pray in faith—you have an immediate connection to the throne of grace. When we pray, in faith, according to the will of God, heaven is alerted.  Our connection to God becomes as real and as tangible as that of the woman with the issue of blood. Her touch to the garment of Jesus by faith released a power so significant, it instantly stopped Jesus the Christ as hundreds possibly thousand pressed in on him to be seen, heard, delivered. Our healing may not always be instant as hers was, but faith puts the power of God into action, he becomes on one accord with our petition, and therefore, just know that he not only hears our prayers, but we will receive what we ask for.

And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (I John 5:15, NLT)  

Too often, the enemy bullies us into believing that are prayers are trite, trivial and unimportant; God’s too busy saving countries from famines and tsunamis and other natural disasters to hear from us. At least, this is what the enemy wants us to believe. But this lie has been costing Christians victories and often their lives, for many years now. You see, we know this is a lie because too often in scripture God urges, compels us to pray. At one point he tells us to pray and don’t stop! Yeah, it’s pretty important if he wants us to do it all of the time.

To be sure there are certain answers we won’t receive until we talk to God. We will dance around the same problem, work the same failing solution until we pray. God is waiting. He wants us to ask, to seek, to reach out to him. He wants a relationship with us. Relationship means that we know Him. We seek and obey his will. We know and respond to His voice and recognize when he is responding to ours. He wants to hear from us.

When we realize the power of our prayer, not only will we do it more often, but we will look forward to the times we can just sit and talk with our Father. That dialogue alone can bring us peace and keep us from making hasty, foolish decisions. Time with the Father is truly the most well spent time of the day.

What Happens in the Quiet Time with God?

What Happens in the Quiet Time with God?

First published December 31, 2015:

 

If you are like me you are on a constant move from the moment your feet hit the floor. From the kids, to the hubby (or wife), work and so on your ‘to dos’ are heaped upon a plate that is overflowing. Perhaps as you are dressing or in the car on the way to work or school you breathe a quick ‘thank you’ to God, call it your morning prayer time and keep it moving. I know the feeling as I’ve done it more times than I care to admit.

Now prayer doesn’t have to be a 90-minute knee-bending event or a drawn out session where we dump on God our every woe. But it is important that we crave out some quiet time with God–have a conversation before the day begins to wear away.

Prep Time

I’m not a huge sports fan, but I know others that are and from my understanding before the coach send his players out there to face the opponent he takes time to encourage, uplift and direct and yes, pray. He prepares them for the challenge, to mentally fortify them with what is necessary to win. This isn’t the time to scrimmage or lift weights, no. You see the coach understands that the game is both mental and physical and if either is lacking, the opponent can easily undercut. For us this life is more spiritual than natural. Anything that has or will materialize exists spiritually first. We must prepare. Moving in our day unprepared leaves us open to the enemy and his tactics.

Coach Prepping Team

The bible says the devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. (I Pet. 5:8) He is seeking—a slow calculating search for those that are open, inattentive, unaware. Prayer is our preparation—our scrimmage, pep talk, rally, conditioning period. It is the time we equip ourselves to deal with those spiritual influences that will surely challenge us throughout the day. It helps us to divert stress, escape danger and receive direction. We cannot blame anyone when we make a wrong decision if we did not first seek the Master. (Prvb. 3:6)

God walks to talk with you

A friend of mine has a daughter with whom he was estranged from for some years. When they finally reconnected she was on a perpetual quest to get everything she could from him. She only appeared when she wanted money, gifts or a place to stay. Once she had what she was after, she was gone. When he couldn’t provide what she asked for, she pouted like a two-year-old ranting that if he was a real father he would make it happen.

God is a real father and he will do for us. But God is about relationship. He wants to talk with you, hear your voice and hear your praises. Our prayer is not all about a list of wants( although he is a God of provision). It’s about communing with our Lord, finding out his heart so that ours may align with it. It is a time we check with him on today’s agenda. How many tragedies would be averted it we’d only checked with God?

God sometimes will give the preverbal tap on the shoulder sometime during the day, to tell us to take a different turn, but how much more so if our hearts are already open to hear him. If the world’s voice is louder than his, we’ve missed something.

Talk to him. Share your heart and then let him share his. Sing a sweet love song, He, like us loves to hear the sound of His name.

But there isn’t any time

There is always time, but it is our priorities that we must adjust. Twenty-four hours is twenty-four hours no matter who you are. Time spent with God may make the difference in wrong decisions, tragedies and bad moods. Time with God is never wasted, no matter how we may waste away the rest of the time.

Take the time. You will be glad you did and so will He.