I Know: Prayer Is Powerful

Discovering The Miraculous Results of Prayer

The first time I remember participating in prayer I was a little girl sitting with my grandparents at the table, praying for our evening meal. A prayer before bed was also routine, asking God to take care of my family and friends. For many years I thought that was enough. At least that is what I had always been brought up to believe. Then I read in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we are told to “pray without ceasing.” In the past I would pray when I truly felt a need, something wasn’t going my way, or there was an illness in the family. I was always so busy I couldn't find the time to fit regular prayer into my routine. At least that's the excuse I made. How many of you can relate? The truth is, I didn't value prayer like I do now. We will always accomplish what we truly value. What changed all that for me was falling in love with the conversation. Prayer is essentially a conversation with God. He listens to you and you listen to Him. It goes both ways. How much time do you spend conversing with God? It’s by seeing the miraculous results of conversational prayer that

I know prayer is powerful.

This happened by going back to church, committing my life to Jesus Christ, getting water baptized, socializing with my church community, going to Bible studies, and listening to sermons. It’s in these settings that I learned about popcorn prayer, where one person starts the prayer session and then one after another prays until everyone has an opportunity to raise their voice to God. In fact, this is what started my journey to becoming a prayer warrior. I was told I needed to continue practicing prayer amongst my peers, because one day that would be my job. Thank you Jesus, for empowering others to speak to me about my need for more prayer. It’s by seeing the miraculous results of public prayer that

I know prayer is powerful.

In Matthew 7:7 it states, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  I knew that “ask” meant to pray, but when I prayed I didn’t always see the fruits of my requests.  Many times I felt discouraged, that I was not worthy of God listening to my prayers or that he didn’t have time for my requests.  As I continued to read God’s Holy Word, meeting with others and growing in my faith, I have come to understand that God actually gives us instruction on how to pray with the right motives. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to help me, I just wasn’t asking correctly. It’s by seeing the miraculous results of biblical prayer that

I know prayer is powerful. 

When Jesus was asked by his disciples how to pray, He respond with this famous prayer: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” [Luke 11: 2-4] This prayer gives us a guide on how to pray with power. First and foremost, we need to give praise, honoring God’s eternal throne, dominion, and rule. In this way we acknowledge the only true source of power and authority in the universe. Second, we need to submit our requests for provisions and daily needs to our father like little children. This allows us to set aside earthly anxieties that distract us. Third, we need to repent from all forms of sin both internal and external. Until we turn from all evil in our lives, Satan can continue to manipulate us and keep us from praying with power. It’s by seeing the miraculous results of Christ-like prayer that

I know prayer is powerful. 

Prayer has now become a daily habit, just like breathing. To truly know anyone we must build a relationship with them. That is absolutely true in our relationship with God. To truly know the path we must follow we need to become intimately connected with our Abba Father. Anything in life worth pursuing takes patience and prayer is no different. To be able to pray with power, we must first ask and then also practice. I challenge all of you reading this post today to set aside time in the morning and evening for intentional times of prayer. Start small but gradually build the amount of time you invest in prayer. It’s by seeing the miraculous results of daily prayer that

I know prayer is powerful.

Lastly, become a link in a prayer chain or prayer line. It is said in Matthew 18:19-20, “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” In order to be the revival needed in our nation, we must learn to prayer together in our homes, neighborhoods, towns, and governments. It’s by seeing the miraculous results of unified prayer that

I know prayer is powerful.

If you want to join the Start Church prayer team or have a prayer request to share, please email me at wstierwalt@gmail.com.

Lorrie Stierwalt