Thursday, March 08, 2012

Power of Prayer

 8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
 9Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 

Power of Prayer

The psalmist, when writing this psalm understood the power of prayer, but do we?  We speak of the power of prayer, but I do believe that if we truly understood it's power, we would constantly be on our knees before our mighty God, who saves us, keeps us, and answers our prayers. However, rather than my own paltry words, let us look at what God's Word says about prayer.

Here is part of Solomon's great prayer, which God answered by giving Solomon even more than what he asked.
 44If thy people go out to battle against their enemy, whithersoever thou shalt send them, and shall pray unto the LORD toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house that I have built for thy name:
 45Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause. (1 Kings 8:44-45, King James Version)
Nehemiah prayed to God for protection as he presented his burden to the king. God heard and answered his prayer, using Nehemiah to help rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
 10Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
 11O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer. (Nehemiah 1:10-11, King James Version
Here are Christ's own words regarding prayer:
 22And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (Matthew 21:22, King James Version)
Cornelius, a Gentile, prayed to God and received this answer. 
 3He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
 4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
 5And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: (Acts 10:3-5, King James Version)
 Then we have that great verse from 2 Chronicles 7,
 14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14, King James Version)

Let us humble ourselves and go, then, in the power of the Lord and seek his face. May God demonstrate to us the power of prayer as He hears and answers on our behalf. Above all, may His name be glorified!

God Bless You,

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