There is power in prayer! The Bible says in the book of James that the prayer of a righteousness man availeth much (James 5:16). Yes there are powerful prayers! For example Joshua prayed that the sun would stand still and it did! Joshua 10:12 - Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, "O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon." So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And Elijah called down fire from heaven (2nd Kings 1:10) Paul and Silas prayed in prison causing an earthquake and setting all the prisoners free (Acts 16:25). And if you read through the Bible you will discover many instances of powerful prayers.
Jesus lived a life of prayer; he would often go away by himself and pray to the father. In the book of Matthew we read: after he had sent the crowds away, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray; and when it was evening, he was there alone. (Matthew 14:23). He knew the amazing power of prayer and Jesus was our perfect example in this life.
Now you may say to yourself how do I pray? Well there are various kinds of prayer such as intercessory prayer; prayer of binding and loosening, prayer of praise and worship, prayer of dedication etc. and these kinds of prayers will be learned more about in time but right now the main idea is that prayer is talking to God and agreeing with his word (Bible). The Bible is filled with God’s promises but you have to claim them by faith!You see one of the most powerful things to realize is that faith comes from the heart! And this is not something that can be fully understood with the intellect, that is why we need faith from our heart. The Bible says that if you speak words of faith believe them in your heart and they are in alignment with the word of God miracles can truly take place (Mark 11:24) isn’t that exciting! Jesus actually said that we would do greater works then he did because he goes to the father (John 14:12). Wow!
It is important though to realize that faith grows over time; as newborn Christians we need to feed on the milk of the word constantly and then later it become the meat of the word. The Bible says that faith grows by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17) it's a process. You have to meditate on God's word, pray it, speak it constantly and keep it always in front of your eyes; there is power in God’s word! Faith gets more and more powerful as we absorb God’s word deep within our hearts. It actually dwells within us. You see God’s word is alive! Yes, it is alive (Hebrews 4:12, John 6:63).
But please remember that it is crucial to be patient with yourself; just as a child takes time to grow you too must also allow yourself some time to grow in faith. Faith grows day by day, week by week and year by year. The things you understand now you didn't know yesterday and as time passes you will grow in wisdom and in stature. Faith perseveres through life storms, and there will be times when you make mistakes but God knows this and he is working in you mightily! He will never leave nor forsake you! Be determined to make it a life goal to let Jesus mold you into a powerful person of faith. God bless you!
By Gordon E. Dawe