The Power to Pray

There are those moments in life when I have realized how dangerously powerful prayer is and how you have been taking it for granted.  Then I realize I haven’t been praying enough, I haven’t been praying with faith, or that I haven’t been paying attention to the prayers of the saints around me.  These moments are times when God jolts me into remembering how I need to utilize prayer in times of worship:

  • Paul Meaney had the entire house of blues singing/praying “surrender New Orleans” at the end of Control at the HOB and then I realized that he had probably been doing this in every city across America on their tour.
  • Daniel Bashta sang over NOLA during his worship set that the dreamers would dream and an awakening would happen amongst those who are not using their spiritual gifts.
  • Instead of praying that God would protect his son from demons, Irwin Mcmanus prayed that the light of God would shine so brightly inside of him that darkness would be afraid of him.
  • Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

Since Christ, who knew no sin, and became sin that we might become the rightousness of God AND the prayers of the righteous person has great power as it is working, then God’s people, who are called by His name, should humble themselves and pray powerfully in His Spirit and expect God to move in radical ways.  I feel like we are children playing around with fire and we don’t even realize the power that we have at our fingertips.

“Prayer itself is an art which only the Holy Spirit can teach us.  Pray for prayer.  Pray until you can really pray.” – Spurgeon

2 Cor. 5:21 |    James 5 |    2 Chron. 7:14

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