Here are three powerful ways to tap God’s power through prayer.
Finding God’s Will
When you find God’s will, you will find just what you need to pray for. In other words, since we know that it’s God’s will that others be saved, just as the Apostle Paul wrote that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1st Tim 2:4), then you are praying according to God’s will (Matt 6:10). We know that God’s will is that all people would be saved, so when you pray for God to save someone, we can tap God’s potent power knowing that it’s God’s will and God will hear and answer those prayers. That doesn’t mean everyone who we pray for will be saved, but we know God desires us to witness to those who are lost so that they might be saved. If you pray according to God’s will, you can unleash God’s power.
Praying in Faith
James writes that “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16b), and that power is unleashed by God in response to our faith in His ability to answer it. This is not a “name it and claim it” faith where we ourselves command things to be done because we pray to God, but a prayer that trusts God and His answer, even if it’s different from what we prayed for. James says that the prayers must be from a “righteous person,” and whoever believes in Christ has had Jesus’ righteousness imputed toward them (2nd Cor 5:21), so if we’ve trusted in Christ and have faith in God, believe while you pray that God will answer it.
Seeking His Glory
Jesus told us to pray in His name so that His name would be glorified. The Father is always seeking to glorify Jesus Christ’s name, so when we pray, pray in Jesus’ name and that His name will be glorified. There is one important point though; we must be abiding in Christ because, as Jesus says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). Of course, it must be according to the will of God and must be a prayer prayed in faith, but if we seek to glorify Jesus’ name by prayer, when we receive the answers to our prayers, Jesus’ name will be glorified because it was in His name that we prayed.
There are other ways that we can tap God’s power through prayer. Can you help us find a few others? For sure we know that our prayers should be in alignment with God’s will; we should be praying with believing faith; and we must be seeking to glorify Jesus’ name in our prayers, because nothing else matters but the glory of God.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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