The Power of Prayer
Topics: Religion, Spirituality, Prayer, God / Pages: 4 (789 words) / Published: Jul 31st, 2013

you about the power of prayer. While the reality of the topic has overwhelmed me this week, I have also been faced with the reality that, for the great majority of believers, the power of prayer is just something to talk about. The power of prayer is something we claim to believe but have never experienced. We nod our heads in agreement to its claims, but seldom take hold of it, except in times of extreme distress. We preach about praying, pray about praying, talk about praying, teach about praying, read about praying….but never really pray.
I was once told that there are two groups of people who have the most effective and powerful prayers. The first was children because they pray with un withered faith, they truly believe God is who he says he is and will do what he says he will do, their faith has not been torn down by the things of this world. The second is the elderly because they pray with power and conviction, with wisdom that God will do what he says he will do, with experience in God coming through in their lives. My heart’s desire is that we might know the truth about the power of prayer! So often we think “well, the least I can do is pray” but in reality THE MOST YOU CAN DO IS PRAY. Through your own personal encounters with prayer I want you to know prayer is power: power to change, power to heal, power to convict, power to release, power to bring down and raise up, power to completely grant the petition and change the petitioner.

In James 5:16 we find that PRAYER HAS THE POWER TO RELEASE THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL (James 5:16)
NIV- “The Prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

Note: This passage emphasizes:

1. The need for fervency in praying
2. The need for righteousness in the prayer

I. PRAYERLESSNESS IS FAITHLESSNESS
If your prayer life is fading you may want to check your faithfulness and see if your still in line with God if your still living for God and his purpose for your life. Psalm 150:6
New Living Translation

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