Power of Prayer: Prayer is the most powerful thing that exit; and it is available to every person, regardless of race, age or gender; everyone has equal access to prayer. Let us look at a few examples of the power of prayer. First let us look at Elijah; the Bible said Elijah was a man just like you and I. The Bible said that he prayed and it did not rain for three and a half years; then he prayed again and the rain poured down (See James 5:17-18).
Second let us look at the story of Peter. Peter was put in jail, until after the Passover, then king Herod was planning to kill him. He was put in maximum security and guarded by four soldiers. But prayer was made without ceasing; and angel of the lord came into the prison, peter chains fell of, and the prison gates open automatically, as the angel led Peter out of the jail (See Acts 12:5-7),
Then there is Paul and Silas Locked in jail. While in jail Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns; a strange thing happened, there were an earth quake, it shook the jail, the chains of all the prisoners fell off and the doors were open. There are many other stories in the Bible where God demonstrated His Power, but these are but a few of them to illustrate the power of prayer.
What is Prayer: Prayer is the attitude of the heart expressing its spoken or unspoken desires to God. No utterance is necessary when we pray. Hannah prayed in bitterness of soul, she spoke to God in her heart only. The bible said her lips moved, but no voice was heard (See 1 Samuel 1:9-20). The heart can pray without the mouth, but the mouth can never pray without the heart.
We have several different types of prayer; the most commonly used are personal, intercessory and general prayers. Personal prayer: begins with prayer for salvation; no one can do that for you. Prayer for benefits, and other personal needs. For example: Peter prayed and asked the Jesus to save him from death by drowning (See Matthew 14:28-31). Jesus saved him (See Matthew 14:28-31). God told King Hezekiah “Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live. Hezekiah Prayed and God heard his prayer, healed him from his illness and added fifteen years to his life (See Isaiah 38:1-5). Intercessory Prayer: is when we pray interceding on behalf of others (See Abraham’s prayer for Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:16-33). General prayer: General prayer is when we pray in public worship, public meetings etc. Example: Alter prayer, invocation prayer, blessing of the food etc.
Preparation for Prayer: Before approaching an important person in the secular world we do some things to enhance our appearances. For instance, we shower, shave, comb our hair, change our clothing, etc. If we can do these things to please man, shouldn’t we do much more to please God?
First: We must confess our sins and asked God for forgiveness for them (See Isaiah 59:1, 2)
Second: be sincere when you pray; have confidents that God will hear and answer your prayer (See James 1:6-8).
Third: Don't seek vain glory, by drawing attention to yourself, as hypocrites do (See Matthew 6:5).
Fourth: You should find a quiet private place where you can be alone with God (See Matthew 6:6)
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