By Pastor Dave
W3CP2 = The Will of God
3. The power of prayer. Without prayer there is no finding the will of God. We are cut off from our source of power. One of our problems in understanding prayer is that we look at it like a light switch. We turn it on and we expect results and when we don’t get results we get frustrated. We give God our grocery list of requests and expect to have them filled within our time schedule.
There are times when God gives us immediate answers to prayer like Nehemiah when he was before the king and he asked God what he should say when the king asked him what he wanted and God gave an immediate response. But usually when we pray for something and there is no response in the time we feel we should get an answer we feel there is no power in prayer. That is not true. We must remember there is always power in prayer. God is always listening and he will respond when he is ready and how he wants to respond to our prayers.
People may ask us questions but we may not have the power to answer. No one ever gets all the Jeopardy questions right. But God has the power to answer all questions. People may ask, “Do you have the power to make all the right decisions in life?”, and you have to say no I don’t. But God has never made a wrong decision. People may ask, “Do you have the power to accomplish amazing feats?” You will have to say no. But God has the power to do any feat he wants to and has proven it in the Bible. We access this power through prayer and prayer alone.
John 15:5 says “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” The power of fruit comes from the vine to the branches. For us the power to bear fruit is the prayer connection between the vine and branches. When that connection of power through prayer is cut we can do nothing. The results of prayer may take time but prevailing prayer connects us to the power. That is why our prayer life is so important to us finding and doing the will of God in our lives. Paul said it well in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” We will never miss his will when we rely on his power. When we learn to trust in him and draw on his power we can do all things that he wants us to do. The secret is he is the power and controls the power he releases to us. Any great power source must be kept under control in the right hands or it could be devastating. Even the great power sources of the universe like rain, wind, fire out of control in the wrong hands can be cataclysmic. That is why God keeps the power source with himself and dispenses it to us in a regulated manner.
If James and John would have had their prayers answered their way, fire would have come down from heaven and devoured the people that upset them. Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Our motive in prayer must be purified and our desires must become his desires before God will let that power flow from him through our prayers. There are times he lets it flow and gives us his permissive will but never against his sovereign will. We must have the power that prayer can give us to seek his will, to find his will and to do his will.
To be continued ………………..