Do you believe there is power in prayer?
If you are going to claim the words of Paul and say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13) then you need to stand by that claim.
What about this – Jesus and disciples get into a boat to do some traveling. But on the way to the next port a storm develops.
Now anyone that has been on a lake when a storm kicks up will understand the fear the disciples had on being overturned and perhaps drowning.
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!” Mark 4:38-41
Is it too much to believe that your prayer in Jesus’ name could also calm a storm?
I know what you’re thinking – that was Jesus and He could do anything!
James says, “Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” James 5:17-18
Elijah wasn’t Jesus!
Elijah prayed and affected the weather.
That’s because the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16
In reading the Bible you will find prayers to hear from God, to have a baby, for healing, for life to be restored, and even to meet the right woman – that one worked for me too!
Jesus gave some great instruction about prayer in Matthew chapter 6. If you struggle with prayer perhaps you should start there and remember you can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it. Matt 21:22
When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.