In other words, is your prayer a powerful one? When you are in a fight with satan, do you always come out the winner?
When we pray, our prayers should make a difference, first in our own lives and then in the lives of others. If our prayers arent making a difference? If nothing seems to be happening we arent much of a threat to satan, our enemy. He wont consider us very powerful in the Kingdom of God. This is not good! We want satan to fear us.
Remember what the demon spirit told the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19:14&15, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" Those certain men didnt pack much of a punch did they? They had never been heard of by that demon. The devil knows who is powerful in the Kingdom of God and who isnt. He knows whos genuine and whos fake. Who to run from, and who he doesnt have to run from.
In this particular scripture these men were counterfeit. They were trying to tap into a power that they werent trained to use. And let me point out in the very next verse it states these sons of Sceva were overcame by the evil spirit in the man and it prevailed against them so that they fled out of the house both naked and wounded. I think it would be safe to say here, NO they didnt pack a powerful punch.
Most of the time our bark is bigger than our bite.
Many of us make a lot of noise in the kingdom of God, but when it comes right down to it, what are we getting done for the Kingdom of God? That is the real issue. Is our bark bigger than our bite?
While we are at church we boast of big things. We tell the devil where to get on and get off at while we are under the Anointing of the Holy Ghost. But let us return home, isolated from other fellow Christians, and then see how much power we have.
We need to realize that we have just as much power over satan at home as we do at church. When are we going to figure out that he is a defeated foe? Are we ever going to comprehend satans power is limited and Gods power is UNLIMITED.
Satan may walk about as a roaring lion but his power is no match for Gods power. The devils bark is certainly bigger than his bite. Let us remember that he is merely a bully trying to pick on Gods children and we all know what happens to bullies. They almost always get beat up.
Praying is the Key to Power
When our prayers reach the throne they are packing a punch!
Parents, remember when your children were young and they would go outside to play. When they called out mommy or daddy you came running to see what they wanted and to see if anything was wrong didnt you? God is like that as well. When we pray God hears us. When we call on His name in prayer He will come to us to see what is wrong and how He can help.
Jesus prayer packed a punch because He reached the very throne of God. When our prayers reach the throne of grace, they too, pack a powerful punch. When Jesus prayed, God listened to what He said and done what He asked!
I John 5:14-15 tells us that when we pray, if we ask according to Gods will, He hears us and if he hears us we know we will have the petitions that we desire of Him. Now that is a powerful prayer packing punch dont you think?
A Powerful Prayer that Jesus Prayed
Lazarus was raised from the dead!
Do you remember this powerful prayer Jesus prayed?
Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it that they may believe that thou hast sent me. John 11:41-42.
Then Jesus went on to raise Lazarus from the dead. Jesus gave death a powerful punch, literally in front of God and everybody. The crowd was then amazed at what He had done.
Even Jesus didnt take His prayer time lightly. He was the Son of God and He always prayed with such POWER!
The Model Prayer packs a punch
Our Father which art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
They kingdom come
Thy will be done
In earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thy is the Kingdom, the power
And the glory forever. Amen
Lets examine the prayer above because this is our model. We must imitate this prayer.
It begins with addressing the prayer to the Father and admiring Him as the Holy one.
An important factor in this prayer is that the prayer must always ask the Fathers will be done
It states the need for daily bread by emphasizing a need not a want
In asking for forgiveness we must be willing to forgive others also
We are to ask for God to deliver us from evil.
And give glory to the Father again in closing.
When we pray we should make sure we have all the ingredients that makes the prayer powerful. We then need to take those ingredients and blend them together with love and faith. Faith works by love. We cannot leave out these two last ingredients. The prayer wont turn out right if we do.
For example, if we are baking a cake we get the eggs, the oil, the mix and whatever else we need to bake the cake. We blend them together and put them into the oven. But, as my husband has made a special point to tell me often, "if you dont bake this with love it wont taste right." This is so true. And let me tell you, my husband knows when I have just thrown something together and when I have taken my time and put a lot of work and care into it. I cant fool my husband and when we pray, we cant fool God either. We must always use love and faith. And without faith it is impossible to please God. I believe without love that it is impossible to please God also.