Worry and anxiety nipping at your heels? Problems dogging your steps? Today’s devotional, reposted from Wayde Goodall, reminds us to take 10 and pray, for in prayer we will find the peace, power to overcome, provision and everything else that we have need of to finish our journey well.
Through the many pressures that impact our peace and sense of security, we know we have a loving, caring, and miracle-working God. Perhaps, you’re in a “worry hot spot” where overwhelming feelings of anxiety, concern, or fear have become the norm for you. In spite of all that’s going on, God has provided us with a unique ability to change events so that we can live with a sense of peace and victory.
I frequently need to remind myself the power of prayer is incredible to change things . . . and that worrying is unproductive.
Here are some keys to effective prayer:
We can request unique spiritual power.
Elijah’s challenge was similar to challenges that many of us face. The enemy was pressuring him to run and assailing him with intimidation and fear. Elijah held his ground and called the enemy’s bluff: “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench” (1 Kings 18:37-38). (Also see II Chronicles 18:31 and 1 Samuel 7:9-10 as examples of power encounters.)
We can conduct supernatural, spiritual business.
Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:18-19).
We can know the law of spiritual authority.
When we take authority on earth, God releases His power from heaven.
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
– Matthew 21:22
Every Christian can have spiritual authority. As believers, we have power over the enemy of our souls, unique favor that God gives his children, and enablement to do all that He asks us to do.
I frequently meet with pastors who have a wonderful calling on their lives to lead a church that impacts a city. Because of the unique pressures that come with that calling, they often are trapped with worry and concern. I understand, because I too have been there. I often think of a statement from E.M. Bounds, a prolific writer on prayer.
“What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but people whom the Holy Ghost can use –people of prayer, people mightily in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men and women. He does not come on machinery, but on men and women. He does not anoint plans, but men and women of prayer.” – E.M. Bounds (1835-1913)
We can understand spiritual secrets as we develop greater intimacy with God.
Daniel had a dilemma of not knowing what to do in his natural self. However, he knew he could pray and ask God for understanding, “I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king”(Daniel 2:23).
David also knew that God reveals intimate details about his plan to those who fear the Lord: “Who, then, is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him. He will spend his days in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them” (Psalm 25:12-14).
Just as intimacy in marriage creates a meaningful marital relationship, intimacy with God (through prayer) creates a meaningful spiritual relationship.
Today, find 10 minutes to get alone: Pull out of life’s pressures, and talk to your heavenly Father about what concerns you and what miracle(s) you need. After you pray, listen and anticipate His assurance.”
(c) 2015 Wayde Goodall Used with Permission http://www.northwestu.edu/watchmen/article/vast-potential-when-we-pray/?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Watchmen&utm_content=Watchmen_MAY2015