The Power of Prayer


Prayer is powerful. It's a tool God gives to his children to overcome life's challenges. The prayer of the righteous is potent while the prayer of a sinner is an abomination to God (James 5:16; Proverbs 15:8).

Wisdom is power. We get wisdom from God through prayer who gives liberally to all who ask (James 1:5). Through the wisdom we get by prayer, we live a fruitful life. 

Prayer is a cure for anxiety (Philippians 4:6). The cares of this life bring anxiety to the mind, but God wants his people to cast every care and burden on him. 

Prayer heals (2 Chronicles 7:14). Some are faced with health challenges. Drugs are produced to cure diseases. Drugs are important but can't produce the desired effect alone. They need the support of God through prayer and meditation on God's word. 

Some diseases are afflictions that must be confronted with the power of prayer. The afflictions of the righteous may be many, but God delivers them through prayer (Psalm 34:19).

Prayer gives confidence and boldness. The apostles spoke the word of God with boldness after they had prayed (Acts 4:31). They were filled with power and could do what they couldn't. 

We also develop a close relationship with God through prayer. Prayer draws the presence of God towards us. As we call on him through prayer, he draws near (James 4:8). A relationship with God is important. His presence through prayer brings liberation and destroys everything which the enemy might have planted in us.

Prayer provides answers to our wishes. God said we should call him whenever we desire and he will answer (Jeremiah 33:3). Christ said we should ask through prayer and it will be given (Matthew 7:7)

This is a privilege the children of God benefit from through the power of prayer. They know with confidence that their request will be granted when they call on God through prayer.

Prayer also gives direction. God draws near when we call on him through prayer (James 4:8). He gives direction through his Spirit when he is present with us.

A Christian might be faced with temptation. The desires of the flesh subdue the spirit when we live a prayerless life, but every temptation is overcome through the power of prayer. Christ said we should watch and pray to overcome temptation (Matthew 26:41).

God wants his people to call on him through prayer to find help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16).
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