Prayer is the most potent force on earth, more powerful than anything you have ever heard or seen. Prayer has divided seas, rolled up flowing rivers, made flinty rocks gush into fountains and quenched flames of fire. Lions have been muzzled, poisonous viper reduced to nothing, the charming moon stopped in its course, the blazing sun halted in its great race, iron gates burst open (or left unshut), the strongest devils conquered and legions of angels commanded down from heaven all by the power of prayer. Prayer has brought one man from the bottom of the sea to dry land, and carried another in a chariot of fire to heaven; what has prayer not done?!
Unfortunately many have given up on prayer and have reduced all the great stories testifying to the power of prayer to mere fables because they have tried prayer, and have not seen it work in their favour.
For such people, I share these five points which have unfailingly brought the power of God to bear over and over again in the lives of those who pray.
Ask– Quit whining about what you wish God would do for you and start calling on His mighty name, asking Him to do it. Many of us when we pray only inform God and keep Him up-to-date on what is going on in our lives; we tell him about the doctor’s report, the mortgage debit and the crumbling marriage. We hardly have the courage to ask Him to step in. We say stuffs like ‘Lord my son is out on the streets again’, we barely ask Him to bring the son home. The Lord knows your son is out on the streets doing drugs but He wants you to ask Him to bring your son back home. Asking is very important in prayer. It helps us to be specific and not vague or merely being religious when we pray. When you ask in prayers, you know exactly what you are expecting and when God answers your prayer (as He will always do), you can recognize that He has.
Act– Prayer is not a passive routine but an active engagement with the Hand that changes everything. A praying man is a practical man because prayer goes hand in hand with action. Don’t pray if you are unwilling to work with God in answering your prayers. An effective pray-er is someone who waits quietly before God in prayer and then rise to put his hands to the practical tasks that correspond to realizing his request. A diligent pray-er is sure of directions and resources. He moves from task to task with a sense of responsibility as a partner with God in the realization of His dreams and requests. He is not an idle, indolent and lazy Christian who waits for manner and quail to fall. When you pray, trust God to give directions and instructions on what to do as you yield yourself to partner with Him to realize your dream.
Align– Aligning in prayer is praying over a matter according to the will of God. This is most effectively done with the help of God’s Holy Spirit (because no one knows the will of God like His Holy Spirit the same way no one knows the mind of a man like the man himself) and the Word of God (the bible). Praying in line with the will of God by the help of His Spirit can truly be done through praying in other tongues. This is our supernatural prayer language, it help us to prayer better and smarter. No doubt, the Holy Spirit sometimes inspires us to pray God’s will in the language we understand as well. Whether it is in other tongues or in the language you understand, when you kneel to pray, yield yourself to leading of the Spirit as He leads you down the path of God’s will. Be sure to also look up what the bible says about what you are praying for and then make sure what you are asking for does not contradict the will of God as expressed in His Word. God is sure eager to do His will in a matter; it’s therefore smart to pray His will in every matter.
Await- Because we live in this side of eternity where things must happen within a time frame, we have to wait for the perfect time for the manifestation of the things that we have prayed for. More often than not, the perfect time is now. However, sometimes the perfect time is later. In such times, we have to patiently wait in faith (trusting God) for the manifestation we desire. I once read the testimony of a drug addict who was in the prayer line in one of Kathryn Khulman’s meeting. After this former addict was prayed for, he said instantly he felt delivered from the addiction. But then in his own words, ‘’the problem with instantly is that it isn’t always instantly”. He said though he felt the power of God touch him and the power of the addiction weaned, the last time he used cocaine was a few weeks after the meeting. The truth is, some miracles manifest instantly, some in bits and some might simply take some time. This doesn’t undermine the power of prayer, it only emphasis that we pray to the sovereign omniscient God and not some genie from a magic lamp!
Appreciate- To appreciate is to say ‘thank you’ and mean it. Effective pray-ers don’t only say thank you when things happen, they say thank you before the things they prayed for even happen. They pray with an attitude of gratitude, they thank God for what He has done in time past. And when you thank God for what He has done before, He is magnified in your own eyes; which helps build your faith to receive what you are asking Him for in prayer.
Try these five things when you pray and I am sure your story is the next great story that testifies to the potency of prayer.