Today my goal is to simply encourage you in the power you have in prayer! There are many different types of prayer but I just want to focus on helping you see that your prayers are POWERFUL!
I “randomly” flipped open to the book of James this morning where the apostle was speaking on the power of prayer.
Check it out:
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.
18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
I then flilpped back to the story of Elijah and was just astonished at the way God used this man. He was the only true prophet alive in his day. God did mighty miracles and wonders through him to turn Israel away from their idols and back to Himself.
I feel like there are so many believers right now that are struggling with things they wouldn’t have to struggle with if they knew the power they had in prayer.
The sad truth is we just don’t believe in the power of prayer. We may say it as a nice little cliché but our actions reveal more unbelief than anything.
But I look at our history in the bible and see POWER as a result of prayer. Not our cultural norms of, “sending you good thoughts” or “your in my prayers hun.”
I am sure we really mean well when we say these things but I would love to see us tap into the true power we have in Christ when it comes to prayer.
If we really believe then we would pray with some expectancy.
I look at how Elijah prayed and fire consumed the sacrifice on Mount Carmel. Then as another sign of God he prayed and the rains came after a long drought in the land. I see Jesus praying and then the loaves and fishes multiplying to feed thousands. I see the apostles praying and people getting baptized in the Holy Spirit, blind eyes being opened, and the lame walking.
To me, this is a picture of what prayer looks like. Not a nice little curtiousy we extend to others that offers nothing but temporary comfort.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
This is a huge key to prayer. It doesn’t say the prayer of any man but a righteous man.
Often, I have read this and disqualified myself from believing that my prayers were powerful because I knew myself, and my behaviors weren't always righteous. I thought once I was holy enough then my prayers would be powerful.
Little did I know I still had a merit based mindset.
A way of thinking that is anti gospel. It says that we are what we do. Our actions determine our identity.
But the truth is right here:
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
This is the gospel right here.
We have become the righteousness of God because of WHAT HE HAS DONE, not what we have done.
This is great news!
We are righteous and it’s not our fault!
This is going to give people some freedom right here because so many have thought their prayers aren’t very powerful because they don’t have perfect behavior. They just see how much they fail and it renders their prayers powerless.
The truth is you are righteous and your prayers make all the difference.
Every time you pray for your family member things are shifting in the spirit. Every time you go and pray for the sick the Kingdom of God is being released. Every time we declare the will of God over our lives, angels are going forth on our behalf arranging divine appointments. Every time we pray and declare our prophetic words faith and hope fill our souls and pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place!
So next time you pray for something, believe you are accessing heavens power. Believe that your prayers are making a difference.
This doesn't mean you have to strive in your prayers. You don't have to say alot of words. Just pray in faith! Knowing that because of who you are in Christ, your words are releasing breakthrough.
I know in my life the more I have believe this reality that my prayers are powerful the more I expect something to happen.
I love to release the healing power of God everywhere I go and God has been reminding me that I carry peoples breakthrough. I can be the answer to someones prayer today.
Just yesterday Kaylee and I were at Starbucks and it was like God was just brining the fishies our way.
We were sitting outside and a gentlemen was walking towards us with a huge limp.
I ask him what happened as he walked by and he said that he was hit by a drunk driver!
I thought to myself, "man God can heal this man right now, lets pray! "
So we prayed for him and he instantly felt alot better. He wasn't 100% but much better.
Then another guy came walking by with a brace on his arm. He had an accent but he said he had a small crack in his arm.
We prayed and you could feel the healing presence of God come over him.
He said he felt alot better and walked away!
Come on Jesus!
This is a huge testimony because I remember a time where I didn't believe that I could walk in that kind of power.
But the more I realize my identity in Christ the more I realize my prayers are powerful!
And so are yours!
So I challenge you to engage in some sort of prayer this week. Whether thats releasing healing over someone on the streets, interceding for family or friends, praying over your finances, whatever!
And if you have prayer request go ahead and post it below and we can join with you in prayer!