Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Power of Prayer

Jesus said some rather audacious things about the power of prayer.

He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:12-14).

He said, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Luke 11:9-10).

He said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

Yet we do not experience this power in our own lives. At least I don’t.

Why do you think that is? Why do our prayers seem to have little impact compared to the prayers of Jesus to the Father? He said that we would accomplish even greater things. So why don’t we?

Pastor Rod

“Helping you become the person God created you to be”

5 comments:

MTF said...

Maybe we are not asking for the right things. Seems to me we need to review our list of "wants & needs" to see if it lines up with His will for the Kingdom. I hate to admit it, but I sometimes desire things that would not necessarily hold up to this test. Then again, maybe we don't comprehend the manner in which God is answering our prayers. MTF

Pastor Rod said...

Good observation, mtf.

Rod

Pastor Rod said...

This is not just an academic question. I am finally starting to get a handle on this, I think. But I'd like to hear what you all think first.

Rod

Bob Green said...

Perhaps, despite what we think, our level of faith doesn't "quality" if you will.

dag said...

I have been learning that when my will is one with God, I have more results when I pray. When you are in step with the Holy Spirit, it is easier to hear His prompting us how to pray. My experience has been that when I have been in the Word, prayed for guidance and have the attitude that I want to do God's will and not my own, I feel the power God wants us to experience. Then there have been times when I had not done any of those things and felt the power. I believe the Lord is most concerned about where our heart is than in our abilities to be a great prayer warrior. When I am weakest, I must rely totally og God for the results and not on my abilities.