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September 18, 2013

Do you believe in prayer?

Filed under: Missions — smythsinpng @ 1:56 am

Do you believe in prayer?

Actually, in the way that many people speak about prayer; I do not. The difference is mostly semantics. What I do very firmly believe in is a God who answers prayer regularly and specifically when we pray. I do believe we should pray. We have been commanded to pray.  God is the object of prayer; not prayer itself.

The power is not in the abundance, words or manner of prayer but in God; with whom people who pray align their own will to match His.  These people are looking for the glory of God in the answer to a prayer which is in agreement with His revealed will but may be in contrast to what is apparently occurring.  Prayer is the action of believing that God hears the requests of His people.  Prayer is the action based on the belief that God can and will change circumstances upon hearing the request of those who pray in accordance His revealed desires and character.

We have seen God answer many specific prayers over the years. Even now we are seeing some answers to prayer.

Diana and I very much appreciate those who take time to pray specifically for us and for effective ministry. We need your support in this way. It would be foolish to think that we can accomplish anything of eternal value in our own strength.  We need God to work through us, provide for us, lead us and guide us.  We believe that God has answered many past prayers in very marvelous ways.

God works through the prayers of His people. I do not fully understand how or why, but He has chosen to use individual and community petition to accomplish His purposes. I wonder from time to time if it is the relationship aspect of prayer. We draw close to Him as individuals and as a community of believers; aligning our hearts together toward accomplishing what is His revealed will. We pray for laborers, for wisdom, direction, for the salvation of the perishing, for provision to accomplish His purposes for us.  As we pray, we begin to see what God was already doing as well as those things which were apparently not happening before we began to pray.

It seems that many people believe that prayer is like a magic formula to manipulate the spirit world to get the desired result. This is very similar to the animistic beliefs we have seen among people who have no knowledge of God.  God cannot be manipulated.

Prayer in itself has no power, but the Creator God of the Bible has ALL power. That power has been given to Jesus.  He is the one who told us to pray.

In the power or authority given to Jesus He told us to go and teach everybody about Him.

Matthew 28:18-20
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

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