Power in Your Prayers
How to put Power in Your Prayers. A story is told of a
fellow who always prayed the same prayer before going to bed. He became
so bored with the prayer that he typed it out and tacked it to the
wall. Then, each night when he crawled into bed he pointed to the
prayer on the wall and said, "God, You can read it just as fast as I
can say it."
Many people are like this man - they give up on prayer
because of boredom or failure.
The Bible records the time when the Lord's disciples
were unable to cast an evil spirit out of a boy. The child's father
said to Jesus, "Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and ...
oftimes he falleth into the fire .... and I brought him to thy
disciples and they could not cure him." Matthew 17:15, 16
Can you imagine the disciples' frustration as they
gathered around the boy who tossed and writhed uncontrollably on the
ground? They had prayed and rebuked the devil over and over again, but
nothing had happened.
Then Jesus came and " ... rebuked the devil; and he departed out of
him: and the child was cured from that very hour." Matthew 17:18.
Afterward, the disciples took Jesus aside and asked, “... Why could not
we cast him [the evil spirit] out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of
your unbelief.“ Matthew 17:19, 20.
Jesus reminded them of their need for faith in God. Then
He added, "Howbeit, this kind (of devil) goeth not out but by prayer
and fasting." Matthew 17:21
Combine Fasting with Prayer
In difficult cases, you are wise to combine fasting with
prayer. Fasting means to deny yourself pleasures and distractions such
as food, drink and sex-in order to concentrate upon God.
As an example of this principle, the Apostle Paul
instructs married couples, “... do not refuse these rights [of sexual
intimacy] to each other. The only exception to this rule would be the
agreement of both husband and wife to refrain from the rights of
marriage for a limited time, so that they can give themselves more
completely to prayer...." 1 Corinthians 7:5 (The Living Bible)
The moment you begin to pray about a great need, you
enter into conflict with the dark forces of the spirit world. Remember
that Paul says, “... we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world ...." Ephesians 6:12.
Fasting will give more power to your prayers. It will
help you to be more alert spiritually because your heart, soul and body
will be totally focused upon God.
During the days of Queen Esther, in 479 BC, King
Ahasuerus' wicked adviser, Haman, plotted to destroy the Jews. Queen
Esther, who was a Jewess, learned of Haman's plan and sent a message to
all of her people to fast and pray for three days.
This was a great crisis and Esther wanted to be certain
that their prayers had power!
Moses fasted 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai during
the time when God gave him the Ten Commandments (Ex. 34:28).
Jesus fasted and prayed 40 days in the wilderness before
He began His ministry. Notice verse 1 in Matthew 4: "Then was Jesus led
up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil."
Before launching into a period of protracted fasting, be
sure you are being led by the Holy Spirit. Some people fast because
they think it is a good way to diet or to show others how religious
they are. These fasts don't win spiritual victories.