Power in Prayer as We Adhere to Biblical Principles on Praying
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- Permanent Practice
When you understand and practice the above elements in prayer, then you are ready to:
It is then that you will begin to see an increase in participation and the development of a passion within others to meet with God through prayer resulting in praise to our Lord.
"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (NIV). "The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much" (NASB). "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (KJV). "The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results" (NLT). (James 5:16)
The Greek seems to point to two aspects of power. One is the energy put forth in praying and the other is the effect of those prayers.
What gives us power in prayer is that we make our petition in the authority of Jesus Christ. Even the righteousness referenced in this verse is that of Christ's. Scripture is clear that no one is righteous in oneself (Rom. 3:10-12). Praying "in Jesus' name" means more than tacking the phrase on to the end of the prayer. When we pray in Jesus' name, we are claiming His identity, His righteousness, and His authority. Therein is power in prayer. This kind of prayer can't help but to have power.
The results are powerful in the sense that something will happen. Be careful not to be discouraged or disillusioned if the results are not manifested in big ways ... obvious miraculous power. When God answers prayer with peace, wisdom, or grace, you have power.
peace . . . . power to make it through the hard times
wisdom . . . . power to know what to do
grace . . . . power to be Christ-like in the midst of a dark, sinful world
Prayer is powerful because God is powerful. As the Almighty, omnipotent God, He has the ability to do what we ask. As the Sovereign Lord of all creation, He has the authority to do what He knows is best in a given situation.
One way to emphasize the Power Source is to begin times of prayer with praise and thanksgiving acknowledging His Lordship and might.
- Incorporate praise for answered prayer.
- Build follow-up into your structure. One possibility is to have people journal prayer requests and answers they have seen. Brief sections of what they wrote could be read or compiled and then distributed.
Order the Prayer Ministry Manual for a brief exegesis of Ephesians 3:20 regarding God's power and a look at the example of Elijah's prayer for how "the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (James 5:16-18).
Prayer was instituted by God as the means of communing with Him. He is the One who determined that prayer would be the way humans would work in cooperation with Him. Prayer is His idea, not ours. Consequently, it is only logical that we come to God on His terms, not ours.
God will never contradict Himself in the way He answers prayer. Nor is He obligated to respond to prayer that violates His character or Word.
The more we come to truly know God in the full essence of His being as depicted in Scripture, the more we will pray in ways that tap into His power.
When you teach on prayer, go beyond the mere commands and principles to the basis for that command or principle in the character of God.
- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Prov. 9:10)
- "The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content untouched by trouble." (Prov. 19:23)
In addition to this content, the Prayer Ministry Manual considers how the fear of the Lord prevents us from living in violation of God's character and Word and from expecting God to respond to our prayers in ways that contradicts Himself. You will also find a personal assessment for how well you adhere to God's conditions for praying.