SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
‘And when they had prayed, the place was shaken…’ Acts 4v31.
Jesus, before His ascension told His disciples not to leave Jerusalem. As faithful followers, they complied fully but they were people that believed much in power of prayer. And so, when they were gathered together, they raised their voices unto God. As part of evidence of their prayer, the place in which they were gathered was shaken. God will cause your prayer today to bring about a great shaking that will be in your favour in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Prayer is a weapon in the hand of believers. Through it, signs and wonders are performed and situations that look ordinarily impossible become possible. Lives are touched for good; things get better far more than we can imagine.
Therefore, for a Church to form the habit of prayer is good because the more she prays the more power she has to contend with challenging situations. The Bible gives us a lot of instances on the power of prayer and this should encourage us to know that there is really power in prayer. In I Sam. 1v11, Hannah prayed from her heart requesting for the gift of a son and vowed that should such come to her, she would give him back to God. The earnestness of her prayer brought Samuel the great prophet and priest of God thereafter.
Esther in her own time organized her race to help her pray and fast unto God so that the evil intent of Haman who plotted to wipe away her race could be thwarted. This type of prayer was a confirmation of the power in prayer as the table was turned against the plotter Haman and he died in the process instead of the people he plotted to wipe away.
Yes, a man called Jabez in I Chron. 4v10 called fervently upon God as he observed he was born in pain and asked God to bless him and enlarge his coast. God had pity on him and made him more honourable than his brothers. Any Jabez with any bitterness or pain, by the reason of the power of prayer today, God will turn things around for good for you in the name of Jesus, Amen. No more bitterness, no more pain because the Lord God has heard your cry.
Also, in the New Testament, believers made time to pray fervently for the release of Peter from prison and it came to past. But how fervent are the believers and the Church of today in prayer? Do they really believe in the power of prayer?
It is unfortunate and worrisome that today many Church goers do not spend time to seek the face of God. As it were, some think that God is weak and withdrawn but He is never weak and can never withdraw. Was He not the one who said: ‘call upon me in the day of trouble and I will answer you’ Ps 50v15, Jer. 33v3.
The beauty of the immediate followers of Jesus was that they never played down on the power of prayer. Like their master Jesus, when they were gathered together, they prayed – sincere, genuine, result oriented type of prayer. There were no distractions but prayers were made and the result was evident.
We call upon all God’s people today to know that there is power in prayer, that the more we pray, the more power we receive from the throne of grace. No matter how bleak or tempting or challenging the situation may be, prayer can turn things around for good.
However, Isaiah’s warning is very apt: ‘Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear, Isa. 59v1-2. Let us therefore endeavour to ensure that we keep our relationship with God open by living holy and righteous lives so that we can reap from the throne of grace.Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.