What is the purpose and power of prayer
Mark 1:35 – Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
As you are aware, when the purpose of a thing is not known abuse is inevitable. So also when the purpose of prayer is not known the divine conversation will be abused and its power will be lost. Prayer has a purpose and it carries power.
Intimacy between God the father and man
Matthew 6:9 – In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
As defined yesterday, prayer is the highest form of conversation that any human being can ever have. The purpose of conversation includes a relationship with clarity and intimacy. When we pray we build intimacy with God and strengthen our relationship with Him. Remember the saying, ‘the family that prays together stays together’. When you pray for people they appreciate you but when you pray with them your hearts begin knit together.
To obey the divine command to pray
God demands that we call unto Him (Luke 18:1). Jesus commands us to pray at all times. Paul instructs us to pray always. These, to me, mean prayer is very important hence the emphatic command to pray. So when we pray we are obeying God’s command. And the Bible says if we are willing and obedient we shall eat the good of the land.
In the prayer model in Matthew 6 that Jesus gave us, adoration and worship forms a major part of prayer. Prayer is a form of worshipping God. One type of prayer is the prayer of thanksgiving and praise. So one of the purposes of prayer is to worship and give glory to God.
To establish God plan and stop or erase the plans of the devil
Acts 4:23-24 &31 – And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them… And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
The devil does not understand diplomacy. He is a rebel and dirty fighter. The Bible calls him the thief, killer and destroyer. Through prayer we stop the operation of the devil in our lives and in our midst. We also release the power of God through prayer. Failure in any Christian adventure is a prayer failure.
To receive the promises and blessing God made to us
2 Corinthians 1:20 – For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
To bring the promises of God into reality in our lives we have to claim them through prayer. Promises don’t just fulfil themselves we have to lay hold on them.
To manifest the power and goodness of God
James 5:17-18 – Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it will not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
Being a child of God does not culminate in automatic success. It takes prayer effort to appropriate God’s power. Through prayer we provoke divine intervention and manifestation. Jesus brought the power of God on the scene through prayer to set us an example on how to get results. Friend, praying to brings God’s power into our situation; it is a Bible pattern.
To activate the presence of God and fulfil our Joy
John 16:24 – Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
You determine the amount of God’s presence that will be manifested in your life. Prayer is a conversation with God and the more time you spend in your prayer time with God either in the closet or the open, the more of His presence will rub off on you. And this in turn will fulfil your joy and some things you didn’t even pray about will show up and bless you.
Jeremiah 33:3, 2Chronicles 5:11-14, Acts 16:25-26,
Personal declaration for the day
Father, I know in your presence there is fullness of joy and at Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Therefore, Father I expect my time of conversation with You to be full of joy and pleasure and not a long protracted time of making demands on you but developing my relationship with you. Father, I know You love me and I know You care for me and will always provide for my needs. I will spend my time of conversation with You like a son or daughter spends intimate and enjoyable time with a loving father.
Questions for you to reflect on
How would you like your prayer time to be?
What steps are you taking to achieve that?