“25And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. 26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”
– Genesis 4:25-26.
I believe strongly in the efficacy of prayers. I have seen it turn so many situations around to the glory of God. The most important thing to note however is that it is God that answers prayers and as such the strength and power of God is always at the disposal of the person that prays.
What then is a prayer? How did it start? Who can pray? Prayer can be described as an invocation or act that seeks to build or activate a relationship with God. It can be done individually or communally (either as a family, with someone else, as a Church, a Nation etc.) It can occur in public or in private and it can involve any expression (words or songs) that is done towards God in a bid to communicate with the Most High. Prayer is the key in the hands of faith to open the doors of blessings. Prayer is engaging the Almighty in a conversation. It is the greatest outlet of power, the mightiest force in the universe. Prayer is a defence in the moment of peril and with prayers we can express our love and appreciation to our God. Prayer is the channel of God’s grace, it will succeed when all else fails and it puts the power, love, grace and mercy of God at the disposal of the believer.
Prayer is the deepest expression of the soul, it is a two-way communication, it allows us to speak with God and enable us to hear from Him when He speaks to us. Prayers do not die, they have no expiration dates, it is the power of the believer. It is by prayers that we grant terrestrial licence for celestial interference, we allow and permit God to operate in our circumstances by our prayers. Prayer is man giving God the legal right to interfere in Earth’s affairs. It is God’s method of achieving results. It is with prayers that we can move the hands that move the world.
Prayer is a means of getting direction from the Most High God. God guides us in the place of prayers and His guidance lead us into unprecedented protection, favour and grace. Prayer is used to enforce the will of God in our situations and circumstances. It is not to change God – it is to bring about change in us and in our situations.
Prayer is a trade that should be learnt. It comes with significant rewards and blessings. We get better at praying by practice. It is a process. The bible talks about when men began to call upon the name of the Lord. We all need to embrace the art of prayer like we have never done before. We need to develop our prayer lives, we need to commit more time to praying, for praying is one of the ways of getting to know God better and developing a relationship with Him.
Fortunately, no one is excluded from the school of prayer. As long as we can express ourselves and articulate our emotions and needs in words we can pray. Prayer has no age restrictions or any restrictions whatsoever – gender, ethnicity or location. We can pray from anywhere. The only thing that can permanently hinder prayers is un-confessed sin. This is why we all need to be right with God. Prayer is a privilege of the redeemed. The benefits, power and purpose of prayers are so vital that the benefit of prayers is a good reason to pursue a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus. Prayer works. It is time to embrace prayer as a means to turning our lives around for good and the lives of all our loved ones.
May you embrace praying like never before and find the rewards and benefits that God makes available in the place of prayer in Jesus name.
- Lord, I thank you for the privilege and opportunity to pray.
- Lord, help me to see and experience the power of prayer.