Gods will is that we should be a people of prayer. Jesus said in Luke 19 that His house should be a “house of prayer for all nations”. Many churches today are filled with great meetings and events, outreaches into the community and a focus on music, preaching and evangelism. All these things are vital, but our priority has to be to pray! The only description Jesus gave for His church in the gospels is that it should be a place of prayer.
Luke 18 says “He told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”. Eph 6 says “pray in the Spirit on all occasions”
The power of prayer is this – God hears when we pray. This is an awesome thing that because of the blood of Jesus we can come boldly before the throne of grace. He has told us “You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it” “my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” “Ask and you will receive”. If Jesus said it, it must be true! The only reason we do not receive is either because we do not ask or we don’t truely believe the power of prayer.
3 things that prayer does:
1. Prayer binds the enemy
The bible says that the weapons of our warefare (prayer and intercession) are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. When we bind things on earth that thing is bound in the heavenlies! Frank Damazio says “the interceeding church overcomes the forces of hell” As the enemy seeks to come in like a flood to destroy our nation, the church needs to raise up a standard of prayer against him that will hold back and even turn the tide.
2. Prayer releases the power of God
As the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of His garment, power was released and flowed into her making her whole. This is a picture of the church who presses into the presence of God and through prayer touches Jesus. As we touch heaven in prayer; power, the miraculous, the supernatural presence of the Holy Spirit is released bringing salvation and deliverance and wholeness.
3. Prayer brings revival
One preacher said “God rules the world through the prayers of his people” This is a powerful statement. That God, who can do anything has chosen to limit Himself to often only moving when His people ask Him to. The truth is that God wants to bring revival to every church and community and nation on planet earth, but the key is “if my people”. Will we stand in the gap and cry out for God to pour out His Spirit and bring revival to our nation? Leonard Ravenhill said “the only reason we don’t have revival is because we are willing to live without it”
Prayer is our source, our breath and our foundation. God is looking for seekers to usher in a Great Awakening. Lets be the ones who will turn to Him with all our hearts and seek His face.
“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6v1-3)