Daily Devotional | The Power Of Prayer

Nehemiah 1:11 NIV
“Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.”

“O 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” (Nehemiah 1:11). The Lord heard and answered. That is the power of prayer.

As a believer, the only divine arsenal that can move God and release His promises in your life is PRAYER. God is not moved by our personality, status, race or nationality, but by the relationship and time we spend with Him. Prayer fulfills this purpose.

​Prayer is a communion with God, a bridge to building a relationship with Him. In essence, prayer has power.  For example, God said these words to the once King of His people after a prayer; “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and PRAY and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV). Prayer should not be avoided in this journey, it should be a garment, and your fresh fragrance that smells up-to heaven.

As a Christian, we are the people called by God’s name. Alienating ourselves from God starts when we ignore His instructions, and instead of seeking Him for our solutions, we seek others.  Through prayer, the power of God’s faithfulness is revealed. This Power translates in God fulfilling His words and his promises.  (Is.45;23; Matt. 24:35, Heb. 4:12) For those that love God, it is evident that God supplies their every need. The bible says that; “eyes has not seen…” (1 Corinthians)

​The power of prayer lies in the genuineness of the heart of the person praying. If you are genuine, God will respond like fire, but if it is done to please your environment, or as a ritual, with traditions that negates truth, God will not answer. Again, every powerful prayer relies on how the word of God is put back to Him. As God, He never changes (Malachi 3:6). Reminding God of His word is called worship, and the action of worship is called praise. Every application of the word of God lies in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. As our Counsellor, the Holy Spirit guides us to the will of God. As God the third person, He stabilizes us with boldness to enter God’s gate with thanksgiving for our forgiveness, and His court with praise, (Psalm 100:4).

When prayers are made in spirit and in truth (through the Holy Spirit),  it is very powerful, regardless of how long it last.  The authority in every prayer is the Spirit of God that went with the word of our mouth (sword). In obedience to God’s commandments, our prayers are fulfilled into physical manifestation (Mark 16:20).

​When the Holy Ghost is at work, a person prays the word of God.  As we know,  “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword”, (Hebrews 4:12). “It has been tried, and has been proven faithful. As a buckler, a shield and an effective weapon of victory for the believers, God’s word con not be substituted for anything. If used in faith, it can make any impossible thing possible. Jesus said; “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). So, every unanswered prayer depends on the person praying, or the person whom the prayer is being made for. It’s either you are not abiding in the word, or the word is not abiding in you. This translates that we should be hearers and doers of the word of God, period.

WHY DO WE PRAY?

We pray as a sign of respect, loyalty and dependence on God, as the head, and giver of all that we can boast of, as our own.  We pray because of the Grace given to us, that the worst offender is now the sons and daughters of the Living God. We pray to renew our pledge that He is a God that lives and saves. Finally, God is a Spirit, and to reach Him, you must have to go in Spirit (Pray).

A strong believer is one who prays, and wait on God for the actions needed. He is never disappointed regardless what God chose.  Prayer directs all facets of our daily living, especially when faced with difficulties. This is everyone’s battle.  If you love God, you are an enemy with the devil, and his agents (Rev.12).  He (the devil) will try everything – I mean everything to get back at any believer, If possible, destroying them.  Do not panic because, God did not give him that authority (Job. 1:10). Prayer is the better weapon to victory than fear.

UNANSWERED PRAYERS

When we pray without a result, or for the sick and instead of healing, he dies, that is God’s verdict.  As God’s creation, you do not find faults with the Creator. He is right always, knowing what is good for His creations. Sometimes, some prayers are not fruitful because they are made out of disobedience. In Jeremiah 15:1, it stated clearly that some prayers God will not answer. Why? Sin, an unrepentant heart, idolatry, killing of God’s servants and destruction of the temple of God. In contrast, a repentant King Hezekiah not only was healed, but also had his life span elevated to 15-years. “Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake” (2 Kings 20:5-6). Doing right pleases God, and remaining faithful gladdens His heart.

Finally, I will like you to meditate on these questions. Do you believe in the power prayer? How do you communicate with God? Are you aware that prayer changes things? Can you join us today?

Keep praying and be blessed, Amen.

Scripture of the day: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.

The Living Word Ministries Inc.

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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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