The Power of Prayer
Prayer is an amazing thing. Prayer can move mountains and little streams; through faith in Jesus Christ, it can obliterate darkness and create light. Fullness, restoration, healing are all possible through the power of prayer.
I’ve been experiencing and exploring the power of prayer – particularly since I surrendered to my special grace – and it is a wonderland far beyond my imagining. I don’t say that tritely or even fancifully (though “wonderland” is a fanciful term), I declare it from the standpoint of pure astonishment at the power of God.
The Lord, through prayer in faith, can defy gravity, heal sickness, stop storms, and raise the dead. Though the Holy Scriptures list accounts of all of these, they are all still possible and actually happening today.
Faith is an astounding force; so astounding, that it will work for evil as well as for good, and just which one it works for is entirely up to us. Yes, it’s true; that’s why paying strict attention to the words we speak in faith is so critically important. Negative statements (especially declarations) can bring life or death to things like our bodies, spirits, relationships, and finances. Words spoken in faith can wound or heal, strike down or build up, curse or bless… FAITH IS ALL-IMPORTANT in the life of every believer, but it sows and reaps in everyone, saved or not, because God has given to every man “a measure of faith”. (See Romans 12:3)
For example, if by faith you believe and say you are a chronic failure, then you are; but if you unyieldingly believe and say you will make it through a trial, you will; it’s that simple, because you are marvelously made in the image of God and formed after His likeness, which means (as Proverbs states) “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” The Holy Bible goes on to warn us that, if we love to talk, we’d better be especially mindful of what’s uttered by our tongue because, “those who love it will eat its fruit.” In other words, watch your mouth; for what you speak will come back to you in bigger portions.
So… when I pray, I speak the way Holy Spirit tells me to speak – mostly in tongues – and I pray with my understanding totally submitted to Him. That’s the first job of every child of God, let alone His intercessors!
What kinds of prayers have you been praying lately? What statements (especially declarations) over yourself or others have you been most inclined to make? Good or bad? Worldly or holy? Holiness is simply separation from the world – so is sanctification – and being set apart for God’s specific use. Child of God, if you think that sort of thing doesn’t apply to you as a Christian, you’re wrong. You’ve already deliberately been set apart from others in your life who do not know God; your specific mission in sanctification now is to make their numbers smaller by inviting them to know Jesus the way He wants ALL people to know Him – through FAITH. Invite them to accept His gift of life by giving their lives to Him.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV
The prayer of faith can save the sin-sick soul as well as the physically sick. One day, all of us will leave our mortal bodies and be gone from the earth; some to eternal condemnation, others to everlasting life. Praying for the salvation of others is some of the most powerful intercession we can offer. Why not “watch your words” win a soul to the Lord today? I promise, you both will enjoy the fruit of those words forever! 😀