The Power of Prayer: Prayer Must be From God, For God

When it comes to engaging a world in crisis or just simply seeking answers to my own daily challenges, prayer is our strongest weapon, yet it can be our weakest link. We have access to God at all times and in all places, yet we fail to access Him.  We tend to internalize the issues and seek for answers from within ourselves.  Yet God is the one Who is all knowing, all powerful, and all present. We must seek God in prayer.  If I am going to experience the power of God though prayer, it must be done so according to His Word.  My prayers must have the authority of God behind them. Prayer must be from God and for God.  If not, my prayer life will suffer which in turn diminishes the power of God on my life.

Our prayer life usually contains two major flaws that quench the power of God in our lives. Flaw number one is no prayer.  James 4:2 reveals, “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”  No prayer equals no power. God’s desire is that we pray and pray a lot!  Matthew 7:7 reminds us, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  First Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing.”  God is telling us to be persistent with Him. However, many Christians have no prayer life at all and they are missing out on the absolute power of God.

The second major flaw in our prayer life that quenches the power of God is selfish or self-centered prayer.  In James 4:2 the problem was no prayer. In verse 3 the problem is selfish prayer, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” The purpose of prayer is not to persuade a reluctant God to move to our ways and wants, but rather to align our thoughts and desires to His ways and thoughts.  God’s purpose for us is to accomplish His will through us here on this planet.  Matthew 6:10 states, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  We spend a lot of time praying about our will while desiring things in heaven to be as they are on earth. We pray as if we are in authority over God.

Psalm 37:4 clearly tells us, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”  The word delight has the idea of walking with or finding my satisfaction in God at all times. As I do this then God will give me the desires of my heart. He will provide me with the desires He wants me to have and then bring them to pass.  Why?  Because the one in authority provided me with what I want to do, therefore if He provides them, then He will guide them. In 2 Chronicles 17, after King Asa died, his son Jehoshaphat reigned in Judah.  The Bible tells us that God established and strengthened Judah in the face of her enemies and blessed them materially because King Jehoshaphat sought the Lord God and walked in His commandments.  Second Chronicles 17 says that his heart was lifted up in the Lord.  King Jehoshaphat chose to recognize and obey God as his authority, and therefore God lifted his heart to make God’s desires King Jehoshaphat’s desires.

God wants to extend His greatest power through His children here on this earth but that can only happen when God’s will becomes my will, when God’s thoughts become my thoughts, when God’s ways become my ways.