Power of Prayer
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
- The temptations our youth face and the rebellion of some should cause us to … to … pray more!
- Can we stir up our faith from scripture to remember the power of prayer to provoke more prayer?
- You can do more in any matter of life by praying than you can by any other personal effort.
- The Bible plainly declares that powerful praying can accomplish much (James 5:16). Do you use it?
- This requires knowledgeable (effectual) and passionate (fervent) prayer by a godly person (righteous).
- Our God created the universe and preserves it for destruction; He can do anything you desire or need.
- He specifically wants you to live carefree based on His ability, not yours (Psalm 127:1-2; Phil 4:6-7).
- Jacob provides a wonderful example of God being vulnerable to men with needs (Genesis 32:24-32).
- The reason your life is not better in spiritual grace and/or in blessings is due to lack of prayer (Ja 4:2).
- This subject is very large and extends throughout the Bible, but we will limit our points to only a few.
- Let us briefly remind ourselves of the power of prayer to have confidence and trust in its efficacy.
- Let us briefly remind ourselves of a few of the learned and necessary conditions for powerful prayer.
POWER OF PRAYER
- Prayer has power for a spouse without a dating service or matchmakers (Gen 24:12-15).
- Prayer has power with a spouse though the situation may be tough (Esth 4:13-17; Mal 2:13).
- Prayer has power when health fails and the prognosis is grim (II Kgs 4:22-37; Isaiah 38:1-8).
- Prayer has power for life in general to be unusually blessed and sheltered (I Chron 4:9-10).
- Prayer has power over enemies (Ex 3:7-10; Num 16:15,22; II Kings 19:14-19; Ps 18:4-19).
- Prayer has power over nations for godly intercessors (Gen 18:23-33; Jer 29:4-7; Dan 9:1-3).
- Prayer has power for children when a godly father intercedes (Job 1:4-5; 42:13-17).
- Prayer has power for prayer meetings as when the early church prayed (Acts 4:23-31).
- Prayer has power in desperation as with Hagar (Gen 16:6-14; Matt 14:30-31; Acts 12:5,17).
- Prayer has power for spiritual revival among the carnal (I Kgs 18:21-40; Ps 119:25,37).
- Prayer has power for conceiving children even when barren (I Sam 1:9-20; 2:20-21).
- Prayer has power for jobs and businesses (Gen 28:16-22; 32:9-10; Neh 2:1-8; Dan 2:14-23).
- Prayer has power even if mostly sighing and crying (Ex 2:23-25; Ps 56:8; Mal 2:13).
- Prayer has power for restoration (II Chr 33:11-13; Ps 51:7-15; Jon 2:1-10; Luke 23:42-43).
- Prayer has power over weather (Josh 10:12-14; II Kings 20:8-11; Jas 5:17).
- Prayer has power for godliness (Ex 33:18-23; 2Kg 2:9-12; Lu 11:13; Ac 10:1-6;Ep 3:14-21).
- Prayer has power for wisdom (I Kgs 3:5-13; Prov 2:3-9; Lu 11:13; Eph 1:17-18; James 1:5).
- Prayer has power for dilemmas (II Chron 20:12-18; Prov 16:33; Acts 1:21-26).
- Prayer has power when overwhelmed (I Sam 30:6-8; II Chron 14:9-15; Ps 142:1-3).
- Prayer is made powerful when practiced effectually (Jas 5:16; Luke 11:1). So learn to pray.
- Prayer is made powerful when done fervently (Jas 5:16-17). Get passionate about praying.
- Prayer is made powerful when done righteously (Jas 5:16; Ps 34:15; 66:18). Obey God.
- Prayer is made powerful without details, repetition, or length (Mat 6:7-8; 10:29-31; Ro 1:9).
- Prayer is made powerful without eloquence (Rom 8:26-27). The Holy Spirit adds two things.
- Prayer is made powerful by not quitting (Luke 11:5-8; 18:1-6; Rom 12:12; I Thess 5:17).
- Prayer is made powerful by adding fasting for greater obstacles (Matt 17:15-21; I Cor 7:5).
- If you are convicted that you have neglected prayer, then begin tonight to pray more earnestly.
- If you do not know how to pray effectually, in a way that is heard, than seek more information.
- Pray is a large subject throughout the Bible, and if you are earnest, you will want to learn more.
- If you want to consider the subject further, seek other sermons, outlines, Nave’s, etc.
- Matthew 18:19 teaches two to agree in prayer, which is so perfect for spouses (Gen 2:18; I Pet 3:7).
- David and Daniel prayed three times daily … and you can even do it in bed (Psalm 4:4; 42:8).
- Your voice can be heard in God’s holy dwelling place, even in heaven (II Chr 30:27; Rev 5:8; 8:3-4).
- Enjoy Psalm 18 as David described how God heard his prayers and came roaring to his rescue!
For Further Study:
- Sermon Outline: Bible Guidelines For Effectual Prayer
- Sermon Outline: Prayer Is a Priority
- Sermon Outline: Wrestling with God
- Sermon Outline: Faith Like a Mustard Seed
- Sermon Outline: When Things Seem Hopeless
- Sermon Outline: Too Hard for the Lord?
- Sermon Outline: Against All Odds
- Naves Topical Bible: Prayer
- Sermon Outline: The Bible and Prayer … not yet in e-format