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245 – Praying with Power

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For many people prayer is like a last option to exercise. It is an irregular activity that is prompted along the lines of repetitive phrases offered from rote memory. If you have heard one of their prayers you have heard all of their prayers. Surely God is not impressed with the limited vocabulary of most prayers. The fact is that most prayer offered is not offered in power and is not powerful. Here we want to explore how our prayers can be power filled.

I believe that all effective prayer is prayer offered in the Spirit, by the Spirit, for the Spirit of God to display His power in our lives. Praying in the Spirit is praying under the Spirit’s control. It is letting go and letting God in prayer. It is Spirit directed, Spirit dictated, and Spirit delivered to the throne of God through Christ the Intercessor. Let’s look briefly here at the way this works in practice in our prayer lives.

Praying in the Spirit means:

1. praying in the path the Spirit leads us – I am learning to pay attention to the Spirit’s leading in my personal prayer life. You may ask, “How do you know where the Spirit is leading you in prayer?” It is a personal spiritual and mental awareness given by the Spirit of God in which He places a burden on your heart about people and things for which you should pray. He directs you into a path through placing that burden. Where do you head when you pray? Most often we take off in the direction of some personal need or greed. We share our desires with God. There is nothing wrong with being honest with God. We should do that. But, when we head down the path of self-gratification we miss out on the power that should be present in our prayer lives. The first thing I do in prayer is to adore God, then place myself under the Lordship of Christ and under the direction of His Spirit who has been placed in us to control our thinking and our acting. When I am not sure of God’s leading in a prayer request, I pray Paul’s teaching, “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (Rom. 8:27 NIV)I just remain silent before God and ask His Spirit to ask the request as He knows it must be asked to be in sync with God’s will.

2. praying in the plan the Spirit lays out for us – God not only wants to control our thinking and asking, but He also wants to control how we ask. He has a prayer plan that we need to get in on if we want to pray with power. Our goal should always be to discern what God wants in the matter. When you bombard the throne of God with requests borne out of your own selfish ambition and self-devised plan you should not expect an endorsement from God. His desire is to lead you in His way which is the most advantageous to you. It is important to get in on God’s plan. We need to know His will for us to pray with power and get the answers we seek.  “And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours” (1 John 5:14–15 The Message). The key to getting answers is asking in the way God has planned for us. How can you know what God’s plan is? Paul helped us when he said, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (Rom. 8:26–27 NIV). You see, the Spirit of God knows God’s mind and plan and He knows our minds as well. He takes our requests, if we allow Him to, and translates them into requests that are in keeping with God’s will and plan. When you pray in the Spirit you always get your answer. It may not be exactly as you asked, but it will be the correct request and the most advantageous answer when it comes into your life. I think all true praying is done in the Spirit of God.

3. praying in the power of the Spirit – “And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours”  (1 John 5:14–15 The Message). There is power in praying in the Spirit. When we ask in the power of the Spirit, in the path and plan of God for us, we can just go ahead and begin thanking God for the answer, because we are assured of it. It may be a while before it becomes a reality in our lives, but it “is as good as ours” when we ask it in the power of the Spirit. Be persistent in prayer, but remember God sometimes waits for us to declare a thing to be so before He makes it so. It was that way with the people who had to profess their faith in God in advance of His promised victory to them in 2 Chron. 20:17-21. In vs. 21, they sang, “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” Have you thanked God already for what He is going to do in your life? Praying in the power of the Spirit allows you to do that. In vs. 22, “As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” They praised – gave thanks in advance of the blessing – and God demonstrated His strong hand by defeating their enemies. You may think your situation is impossible. It is not impossible, it is just a miracle in the making when you pray in God’s Spirit!

Decide to pray with power today!

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