Have you prayed yet today? Did you spend time with God in the Word and in prayer this morning? If you didn’t, I challenge you to.
I did…but I haven’t always. It’s something I am “working on” this year [so far].
Doesn’t that sound terrible? I need to actually tell myself I want to “work on” spending time with God. As if anything else in my life is more important…however, I’m letting those things trump time in the Word and time in prayer on my list of priorities.
This morning, in the study that I’m doing, I was reminded of the POWER of prayer. The key verse of my study this morning was Acts 9:40:
But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.
So Peter prayed over Tabitha and she awoke from the dead. Amazing – the power of prayer! We hear people all the time talking about the “power of prayer”…but it’s a real thing, folks.
As soon as I read this, my mind took me to Romans 8:11:
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
This verse tells us that the SAME POWER that raised Jesus from the dead actually LIVES. IN. US.
[cue Jeremy Camp’s “Same Power” and turn up the volume]
But seriously…this is true. This is a fact. Because of Jesus, God dwells in us and among us through the Holy Spirit. We cannot control this power (we cannot control God), but God can work THROUGH us with a mighty power under his will and authority…He can help us with that power and do things through us that exceed our comprehension. A situation (a crumbling marriage, unemployment, infertility…) or a person (a lost friend, a rebellious child…) that seems to be “dead” or too far gone to save, is not too far gone…is not “dead” to God.
If we have access to this kind of power, why are we not spending more time in prayer? Or why am I not, rather? (I should be speaking for myself!) God hears and answers EVERY prayer, no matter how big or small. Let’s stop from thinking a situation or person is “too far gone.” Jesus redeems and restores and we can be faithful and bring these “dead” situations or people or life messes to Him through prayer!
If you are like me and your prayer life has been lacking, I challenge you to turn that around starting today! Find some time today to spend with God in prayer. Begin getting up earlier than normal to give yourself time with God each morning. Let’s be like Peter…let’s focus on God and His power rather than on a situation that appears to be “dead.” Bring it to him in prayer.
His will, His way…