Power of Prayer
Prayer is the most powerful Wireless Connection you can ever make. The Power of Prayer comes from the Omnipotent One who hears our prayers and answers them at his own pace. If you do not pray you are missing out on this power. To receive it, you must first ask for it.
“The Power of Prayer” according to Book of James,
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
Some Reasons to Pray
We are commanded to pray. Multiple times we read that we are to be in continual prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6-7, Ephesians 6:18-19). And in Luke, Jesus “spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 NKJV).
It gives Him the glory. Prayer is a way to serve God (Luke 2:36-38). Through prayer, we have the opportunity to glorify and praise Him for all He is and has done (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
It helps us overcome. Jesus tells Peter to pray for strength in overcoming temptation (Matthew 26:41). Also, in Luke 6:12-13, Jesus demonstrates the importance of prayer in making major decisions. Prayer helps us face and overcome all types of struggles.
It brings our requests to Him. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you,” Jesus said in Matthew 7:7. This does not mean that we will be granted anything we ask, but when we ask for things that are in His will, He will give those things to us (1 John 5:14-15).
It helps us discern His will. Jesus prayed continually to the Father for guidance. We too can begin to understand His will for us when we stay in communion with Him.
You Can get involved locally in helping others. In Bangor and some more communities, there are street ministries you can join. You can receive valuable free training and utilize power of prayer to help you in this type of outreach. https://streetpastors.org/locations/bangor-maine-usa/ Go to this website to learn more about what they do.
Bangor Maine now has this important Street Ministry and you can be part of it. You may not have heard that Jesus has placed a new ministry within your neighborhood and your city. Amazing things are happening all around you! Are you surprised? Yes, the Bangor Street Pastors are on the streets of Bangor Maine Every Friday Night and have been for some time. Yes it is true! Look Around and Take Notice. Maybe you want to take part. This may be your calling or His calling. You may want to be part of this but you will need some training but don’t worry, it is available for the right person. Once again, your Church Affiliation has nothing to do with how you serve the Lord. Maybe it is part of how you are expected to be part of His Hands Ministry to the poor and suffering. Your service to God doesn’t have to take place once a week, it is expected everyday twenty four seven! Maybe you didn’t know that.
Grace United Methodist Church at 193 Union Street in Bangor Maine had been blessed to be part of that important ministry. Grace Church will miss that opportunity. Even small churches can be part of a larger project. It does not require a huge congregation to do big things. It requires Committed Christians to Move Mountains in His Name.
On a typical evening in Bangor…..On this Friday, two women cross the street to approach MacLeod, Coffey and Gillespie and ask: “What’s a Street Pastor?” MacLeod, a member of North Brewer-Eddington UMC, defines Street Pastors as volunteers who “walk the streets of their community to provide practical kindness, help and a listening ear. Sometimes people just need someone to talk with them; sometimes they need a bottle of water.” “You’re being super helpful and super nice,” one woman says. “We definitely notice you guys.” Earlier, MacLeod, Coffey and Gillespie spoke with a couple who were watching a free outdoor screening of “Saturday Night Fever.” When the Street Pastors say they meet at Grace United Methodist Church and ask if they know it, the woman responds: “Everyone knows where Grace is; anybody who wants a good meal knows where Grace is.” Maintaining a relationship with law enforcement is part of the ministry. But the couple does not attend that church or any other Christian church. “I’ve actually been kicked out of churches because I didn’t fit their profile of somebody who went to church,” the man said. Asked who kicked him out, he said, “The pastor. I didn’t fit his idea of a churchgoer.” He had been homeless, he said, and had been wearing the same clothes for a couple weeks. “Maybe I did not smell all that good, but it’s Church.” The man said churchgoers make remarks characterizing poor and homeless as people as “just there for the free food. Well, if you read the Bible, how did God attract His followers? He clothed them. He fed them. He preached to them; he didn’t’ cram it down their throats.” “I am sad to hear that it was a human in a church that gave you that impression (that the homeless are unwelcome),” MacLeod said. “That was not God. … Jesus was homeless … once he started his ministry, he walked about. We should have a very special place in our hearts for those who are homeless, and God does as well.” MacLeod encouraged the couple to revisit the many “very welcoming churches” in Bangor. “We need you,” she said.
God hears you when you talk to him. Remember to thank him sincerely for everything he has given you before making any requests. Praying is the most effective way to invite God to work miracles in your life.
If he does not seem to answer in any way, don’t give up. Keep asking and be honest and sincere. He will answer at his own pace.
Here is one of the most well known prayers in a Christian’s life. You have heard it in a church service and probably many times.
The Lords Prayer which is located in Matthew 6:9-13 in your bible, was a model prayer given by Jesus Christ to his disciples.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
John Wesley said “Prayer is where the Action is“
Jonah prayed from the belly of a sea beast and begged forgiveness and salvation from God. Jonah’s self-titled book recounts that God answered his prayer by allowing the prophet to live.
Abraham’s servant, whose name was probably Eliezer, asked God to guide him in his effort to find an appropriate wife for Abraham’s son Isaac. Eliezer specifically asked that God inspire the woman to give water to Eliezer’s camels; Eliezer’s prayer was answered when Rebekah arrived. The prayer of Jabez, found in 1 Chronicles 4:10, is known for showing the potential blessings that someone can receive if he prays with faith.
Solomon’s dedication prayer, found in 1 Kings 8, was a heartfelt expression of praise to God. The prayer emphasizes God’s willingness to forgive a sinner who repent. Your Prayer can be unique to you alone if you wish. God already made you One of a Kind so go ahead and pray unique. You are important to him. He will listen. These little prayers may well have felt like drops in the ocean to those who prayed them, but there are some prayers that made an impact that echoes throughout the generations, inspires others in their walk with God and led to revolutions of the move of the Spirit across the world. As Oswald Chambers wrote, “Prayer does not equip us for greater works—prayer is the greater work.”
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH
Prayer was a central component of Martin Luther King’s life. A firm believer in the justice of God, his pursuit of equality is almost without equal in modern history. Spurred on by his faith in Jesus, King knew that whatever evil this world threw at him, he had hope in a God who was bigger.
His prayer for the Church is a cry for equality, a cry for unity and a call for discipleship. He recognized the role the church had to play not just in the civil rights campaign, but in the desperate need for the world to unite around the hope of Jesus. His desire that we “rejoice in one common band of humanity in the reign of our Lord” is a timeless one, and one that not only calls society to love one another but the Church to do so as well.