“The power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret it if they can be mighty in prayer. The true strength of the Church lies there. This is the sinew which moves the arm of Omnipotence. If a man can but pray, he can do anything! He that knows how to overcome with the Lord in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal. There is nothing…which you cannot accomplish if you can but prevail with God in prayer!” -Charles Spurgeon
Unfortunately, it has become common in our society to underestimate the power that prayer carries in our lives. Isn’t it interesting that we can watch an entire season of NCIS on Netflix, yet we struggle to sacrifice a few moments to talk with our Heavenly Father? Isn’t it interesting that, while prayer allows us to approach His throne boldly with our requests, we ask only for a good day? In Scripture, we see numerous examples of the power of simple prayer: Israel’s cry for freedom from their Egyptian captors, Hannah’s plea for a son, Elijah’s prayer for a dead child’s resurrection, Hezekiah’s request for healing from a terminal illness, a small group’s petition for Peter’s freedom from prison. In each of these cases, we see God’s faithful response to the prayers of His people.
The same God who moved to answer the cries of people in Bible times is the same God who moves among us today. Our God is unchanging. And due to Jesus’ death on the cross, we now have direct connection to God to pray for the impossible.
So, what is stopping us from praying these types of prayers? Prayers for physical healings, for freedom from pornography, for peace in war-torn regions, for rekindled love between a weary husband and wife, for financial provision for a missions trip, for reconciliation in a broken friendship, for hope in desperation, for ISIS terrorists to truly know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Are we willing to dedicate ourselves to pray for these things?
Perhaps we’ve been in a situation where God hasn’t answered our prayer. I certainly have. And it’s painful. I can assure you that I don’t have all the answers, but I serve a God who does. And just because I don’t understand something with my limited Earth-mindset doesn’t mean that I will forsake my prayers or my trust in God’s ultimate goodness.
Remember: You are sons and daughters of the Most High God. You are clothed in royalty. “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17). God’s plans for you are SO good. He loves and longs to answer the cries of your heart. He is only waiting for you to ask.
As the summer begins, find one BIG thing to ask of God (forgiveness between friends, healing for a cancer patient, fulfillment of a God-given dream, etc). His heart is open towards you and He yearns to talk to you. I encourage you to set aside 10 minutes each day to pray for something specific. Grab a friend or two to pray with – believing together in faith to see God’s goodness in a particular area. Your prayers stir His heart, and He is responsive to the prayers of His children.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24