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The Power Of Prayer December 22, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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I was asked a question the other day about prayer and part of the question was: “Is God really aware of every request or prayer made to him?”  The Bible indicates that God is indeed aware of everything that is going on, hard as that is to comprehend and he cares deeply for his people.  Jesus Christ said: 

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows .

So God is certainly aware of every prayer.  But the key to having confidence that God will answer your prayer lies in your every day relationship with him.  Jesus made the promise that you will receive anything you ask for “in my name“.  What does that mean?  It means according to the teaching and ways of Jesus.  The person who is acting in the name of Jesus is acting according to the instruction of Jesus and following his example.  Remember Jesus always did exactly what God the Father instructed him to do.  We can have the same relationship with God and power in prayer if we strive to do likewise.  Jesus made this promise:    

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name , so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name , and I will do it.

I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Notice, when Jesus is speaking, how “in my name” is always included with the promise of receiving what you ask of God.  Clearly this is very important to God.  This aspect of prayer is so often neglected by religious people today.  The book of Acts shows the disciples of Jesus carrying out his instructions.  We see in the book of Acts that the believers were going about believing God’s promise and following his instructions and as they were doing just what God told them to do they were encountering threats and resistance.  So they prayed to God.  Look in Acts chapter four for example, their prayer started off talking about how they were doing exactly what God wanted them to do, but they needed strength and encouragement from God in order to overcome their fears and continue despite the opposition they were encountering.  Then God gave them a sign to indicate his support for their prayer:  

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. All the believers were one in heart and mind.

Also notice that because their thoughts and actions were in agreement with God (in his name) they were one, in agreement with each other.  This is the key to the power of prayer, unity with God and with each other is both a requirement and product of this process.  Believe God’s promise, follow his instruction and you will also know the power of prayer.

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1. Jerry - December 23, 2006

I like that – you may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it… how’s that for reassuring… faith is not just empty… it’s THERE! It’s alive in those words right there… 🙂 god bless… Jerry (italktogod.wordpress.com)


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