Power of Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for the ability to pray. I know how often people flippantly say they will pray for someone, but it has become my lifeline to sanity and hope. Prayer has kept me from despair, from losing any hope in life, from just giving up. I have seen what can be reaped from dedicated prayer. I have seen people like Kayla go from no knowledge of what was wrong with her body and consistent episodes of passing out, pain and complete bewilderment, to a miracle of getting hooked up with the right clinic and doctors to discover what is attacking her body to getting treatments that have her on a path of healing and recovery. I seen a guy who had a bad head injury in an accident be covered by prayer until he was able to leave the hospital and go with his whole family to church for the very first time.

Holy Spirit I have drawn wisdom from Your word on how effective prayer can be in both the Old and New Testaments. Elijah prayed and the rain stopped for more than three years. He prayed and a water soaked alter, with a water-soaked offering, was consumed by fire. Peter was imprisoned and the leaders were going to make an example out of him. The local group of believers met and prayed through the night for his release. An angel appeared and knocked off the chains that bound him, opened the gate that kept him in prison and then walked him out of the jail. Peter then went to the gathering to see the very people who prayed for his release.

History has taught us the power of prayer. Many abolitionists prayed for the end of slavery. A Welsh man prayed for protection over the United Kingdom during WWII and Germany was never able to conquer the island. Many prayed for Roe v Wade to end, and it has been struck down.

I have seen in my own life the miracles that can come from sincere, pure prayer. My son was born when the doctors said he would not be. I just wished I would have been more faithful in prayer then my son may still be alive today. Maybe if I had been more faithful in prayer my friend Daniel and Jay could of both been healed again, I will never know. What I do know is that the one consistent thing that happens while Christ walked this earth was that he spent time in prayer. He gave us the best example of praying, fervently and consistently. Not demanding, not wishful thinking but honest conversation with a God who is mindful of us to the point He even knows the number of hairs on our head.

Your word tells us we will reap what we sow. I will dedicate my life to praying for others and for the future of my family so that I can reap God’s will and blessings. I will dedicate my life to uplifting people in prayer and for healing so that I can witness life, salvation, and miracles. I know that God does not always answer the way I think it should be, but considering His perspective versus my limited sight I will trust in Him to do what is right. I also know prayer will not stop troubles from coming into my life, but prayer will help me endure them. I also know what it is like to have someone who is supposed to support you in prayer but keep it confidential but does not, I know the pain of this betrayal and I ask Holy Spirit to help me never to cause anyone else this pain that I had to endure.

Holy Spirit, James wrote to the church and said, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.” “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable In Your sight, O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer. Amen. [James 5:16 and 1:16-18; Psalm 19:14]