The Power of Prayer

When Aretha Franklin sang the song “I say a little prayer for you” in the 1970s many did not imagine that the soulful pledge would become truly the stuff she believed. Growing up the daughter of a Baptist preacher in Detroit I imagine she knew the true power of prayer. More and more people, believers, non-believers, scientists and more are studying the power of prayer, and in particular its role in healing people who are sick and in need of assistance in their lives.

Research in the field looks at how people who are sick are affected by their own spiritual beliefs and practices and how people who are in need or suffering can find peace in prayers. In general, these studies have suggested that people who are religious seem to heal faster or cope with illness and life in general more effectively than do the non-believer.

Prayer is our communion with God, whether it be a petition made to God, worship, repentance, praise, or thanksgiving. It is a time to develop and nurture our personal relationship with Him. It doesn’t have to be a laid-out patent prayer, but simply words from the heart. God loves all of us, he knows our minds and hearts, so why not talk to him as if he already knows the situation. ….because He does.

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective

The effectual fervent prayer is one with power behind it, one that produces results. We have to believe what we pray, not just ‘mouth’ the words. Sometimes we go blindly into our prayers, not knowing in which direction to go.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Desires of the heart should be those that will glorify God, not necessarily the human desires we have to make our life better.

Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

God knows each and every thought we have, so why not go to HIM and talk with him as you would if you were to meet him on the street. Prayers do not have to be long, drawn out affairs, but we need to be precise in what we are asking, and ask according to the bible rather than asking blindly for what we want. If it glorifies the Lord, then it will be something good for us. If it does not, then we shouldn’t be asking for it in our prayers.

In Christ, Darlene

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