The Truth about the Power of Prayer: Where Does the Magic Happen?
I like to talk about praying because it is so important; prayer brings us into unity with God and it’s supposed to be constant (1 Thessalonians 5:17). God should be so intertwined into your life, that you are never supposed to stop talking to Him; that is what I call a dedicated best friend.
If you have followed my blog for a while, you know I talk about praying for the miraculous and seeing hearts and bodies changed almost instantly. We clearly see it as part of Jesus’ walk, so if He is my model, it should be part of mine.
So, you may be wondering, “How do I access the power of prayer, how do I pray for people to get healed like Jesus did?
Let me give you a little bit of my background first: I used to be a Christian who believed that the gifts of the Holy Spirit weren’t for our time. I didn’t see that in the Word though, and I started wondering, if the Bible doesn’t say that the gifts were temporary, then why do I believe it?
Long story short, I realized that the gifts are for today (in John 14:16, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit is with us forever) and that the power of our gospel is not demonstrated by words, but with power (1 Thessalonians 1:5, 1 Corinthians 2, 1 Corinthians 4:19-20, Romans 15:19). Now, I hear testimonies every Sunday about the power of prayer changing people’s lives.
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Do you want to know how to access the power of prayer?
It isn’t a formula, sorry. Don’t get me wrong, God is a consistent God and He doesn’t say, “Well, I guess she has prayed/believed/cried/fasted enough. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” The truth about powerful prayer is that you have to know a few things about your position in the kingdom.
If that last sentence was confusing to you, don’t worry. Everyone starts somewhere and if you trust God’s way over your own, you will learn very quickly.
Also, it is important to note that when I say “powerful”, I don’t mean that you can get more power than you already have. Christ attained every spiritual blessing that you will ever need (Ephesians 1:3), but you may need some instruction in how to access the power and claim it as your own (Philippians 3:8-14).
There are two things that are key in having a powerful prayer time:
- You need to pray God’s will, which is revealed in Matthew 6:9-13.
- You need to remember that the healing (physical or emotional) is done by the Holy Spirit who lives you.
Now, the Holy Spirit is the one who brings the power, not you. He works His power through you. It is His power that rose Jesus from the grave (Romans 8:11), His power that came to the apostles (Acts 2:4), and His power that created the whole earth (Genesis 1:2). Yeah, that is a lot of raw power.
The Holy Spirit is the reason that Jesus could perform miracles. There are no records that Jesus every performed a miracle before the Holy Spirit came like a dove from heaven and made His home in Jesus. This was also the first time God publicly proclaimed this was His son (Matthew 3:16-17).
The power of prayer is rooted in the Holy Spirit. It comes from a beautiful fusion of faith, identity, and possession.
- You have faith that God (who promised all of these things to us) is faithful and able to take care of His children. (Romans 4:20, 1 Corinthians 1:9)
- You have to understand where your citizenship is. (Philippians 3:20)
- You have to know who possesses you, who dwells in you, whose temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Look, I know I’m throwing a lot your way. Lots of verses, lots of deeper theology stuff…let me put it this way: The power of prayer is simple.
To pray powerfully:
- You have to pray like Jesus (Matthew 6:9-13).
- You have to believe what God says about you. It is the same thing He said about Jesus in Matthew 3:17 when Jesus was baptized: That you are His child and He is pleased with you.
- You have to believe what God says about the Holy Spirit (John 4:24, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:11)
- You have to have faith and rest in God’s promises (Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 4, John 15).
The truth about a powerful prayer time is that it is an outflow of your relationship with God.
The more you know about God, how He sees you, and what He has given to you, the more powerful your prayers will become.
It gets complicated because we are adults. When I tell my son that, “If you pray for something that God wants, He will give it to you because He is a promise keeper and He loves you,” he understands. He is a child, he doesn’t question these things or muck them up with the past. He says, “Ok,” prays, and it happens!
This is one reason Jesus cherished children: It was because of their faith. The more you child-like faith you have, the faster this process will be for you. You don’t have to understand deep theology to have a powerful prayer time.
For now, focus on learning the 4 things I have outline: the Lord’s prayer, what God says about you, who the Holy Spirit is, and having faith.
Much peace and love,
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