E.M. Bounds said “Prayer can do anything God can do.”
Many people believe in prayer, but few pray. Prayer’s results are outside the realm of human possibility and its effectiveness is limited only by the omnipotence of God, yet we barely access it, and maybe never to the degree of truly honoring God. He can, has, and will do nearly anything in answer to prayer. Even defy the laws of nature on our behalf.
By prayer His kingdom comes and ours goes. Through prayer the nation of Israel was spared, as Moses changed the plans of God (Numbers 14). By prayer Hezekiah was given another 15 years to live when God had said he would surely die (2Kings 20).
Prayer is not a negotiating tool; it is an active force. It’s a spiritual weapon; like a cruise missile. We can fire and forget; point and shoot. Our prayers keep on working long after we pray them. Even when the lips that utter them are in the grave our prayers potently live on in the mind of God who works to answer our earnest pleas.
No one is greater than his or her prayer life. All the greats of the faith prayed; that’s how Prayer begins a self-feeding cycle. The more you do it, the deeper you go with God.
THINK IT THROUGH
God is looking for men and women who will live on heaven’s plane, in the spiritual realms, people who will link arms with Him and pray in His Kingdom. We are told to: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:3, NIV)
Will you change planes? Will you step up and make a difference? We don’t see the power, revivals and miracles of days gone by, because we don’t pray as in days gone by so God has little to respond to. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:17–18 NIV) Where is the God of Elijah today? Has He changed? Has He gone deaf? Perhaps He is waiting on “Elijah” to call to Him. Let’s begin to ask God to give us a powerful life of prayer and together we’ll move beyond the edge of greatness. We’ll see heaven come down.