The Power of Prayer – Cont’d

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

  1. Prayer Touches Others

In prayer, there is the power to touch others.  Prayer does more than merely affect the person who prays.  True, it does affect the one praying by drawing him closer to God but prayer also reaches out to God on behalf of others.  O. Hallesby says, “Whenever we touch His mighty arm, some of His omnipotence streams is upon us, into our souls and into our body.  And not only that, but through us, it streams out to others.  This power is so rich and so mobile that all we have to do when we pray is point to the persons or things to which we desire to have this power applied, and He, the Lord of this power, will direct the necessary power to the desired place at once.

  1. Prayer Brings Salvation to Others

There is power in prayer to bring salvation to others.  When offered for the unsaved, prayer has the patience to wait for decades before it releases its power.  For example, prayer offered on behalf of a grandson by an aging grandmother may be answered long after the grandmother has died.  In this sense prayers are deathless.  They outlast the pray-er.

There is also the power to bring the Holy Spirit in all our efforts in prayer.  The church today is waiting to witness the power of God manifested again as during the great revivals of centuries past.  These past revivals teach us how vital prayer is in bringing the unction of God’s Spirit into our efforts.

  1. God’s Plan To Use Individuals

It is a scriptural fact that God works through individuals.  Will Houghton says, “God writes history in terms of human personality.  The Book of Genesis gathers around eight men.  The Bible presents epochs and eras but at the center of each is a personality, and generally the man is the key to the age.  It is true that man is the means by which God will accomplish His purpose on earth.  That is, without God, we cannot and without us, God will not.  God’s way is to use people.  Rarely does God use things.  His plan centers on human beings.  It is only as we grow can our prayers have the full effect God desires.  Such growth might be better termed “self-development.”  Below is a list of vital needs for strong spiritual growth and meaningful self-development.

  • The Need for Total Surrender:  The most vital area of an improved self, in light of basic scriptural principles, is the aspect of total surrender.  We must remember that it was not by interceding for the world in glory that Jesus saved it.  He gave Himself.  We must be like Jesus, and Jesus Christ surrendered it all.
  • The Need to Accept God’s Forgiveness:  Some Christians, unfortunately, have a poor self-image because they have not fully learned to accept God’s forgiveness.  Hence, they constantly suffer spiritually because they do not feel worthy of coming before a Holy God in their present condition.  But we have to permit God’s forgiveness to come into us so fully – washing of our sins, ourselves, egos and the root of our self-will.  We can see that the intensity of our power to forgive is in exact proportion to the degree that we are permitted to be forgiven.  Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive us completely from all sin and this forgiveness is final.  Jesus Himself declared, “It is finished.”  It is only in accepting this fact can we fully grow.

Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper.

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to send you today’s devotion on the topic: THE POWER OF PRAYER”culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper . Please allow the Spirit of God minister to you through it and share it with your family and friends.

Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee 

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