Prayer on Steroids

atomic power of paryer

 

“All we can do is pray.” We have all heard those words. More than likely we have said them many times ourselves. They are often spoken in situations where we feel we have no control, no power to change things.

How has the power of prayer been dwindled down to such a place? Perhaps it happens slowly in the battles of life. Certainly the patience required can be wearing. It is exasperated in our present age of push button, order ahead, you can have it now living.

“Cast not away your confidence because God defers his performances. That which does not come in your time, will be hastened in his time, which is always the more convenient season. God will work when he pleases, how he pleases, and by what means he pleases. He is not bound to keep our time, but he will perform his word, honour our faith, and reward them that diligently seek him.” ~ Matthew Henry

Consider also that we are living in enemy territory. The antichrist spirit rules the airways. Do not limit your thinking to newspapers, television, and computers. He rules in the air and through the air. Suggestions abound, winding like fingers through your hair, stroking your mind with thoughts. Spirits of doubt and unbelief seek to build a case on the ‘facts’ as they appear in the natural realm. They not only accuse God, they appeal to our reason. They plant thoughts, reasoning’s that want us to accept less then God’s best, and they are good at their craft!

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),   2 Cor 10:4-5 Amp

Several years ago, a friend was telling me about the great prayer warriors that prayed for hours. I argued that one could not just make themselves do that, it had to be a calling, or a quickened anointing for the time. It was not long after that God corrected the error of my thinking. While in prayer, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Their faith caused them to take hold of Heaven till they got an answer. They prayed like that because they had faith. They could not, not pray!”

Most of us are familiar with this verse in Romans 8- 28 (Amplified) We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

That verse is often quoted all by itself. Interpreting this or any verse out of context can change the meaning. Often it is stated with the assurance that if we love God He will work everything out for us and turn it for our good. That interpretation leaves us as passive receivers. If you look at the two verses before you have a completely different picture.Consider verse 26 – 27 So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.

And He who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will.

To sum up those verses, we do not know what to pray and the Holy Spirit comes to our aid to meet our supplication (our prayer) and pleads for us. The Spirit intercedes and pleads before God on our behalf.

For the Spirit to plead for us we must pray first! This is not just the quick request, it is earnest prayer before God to take hold of what is in Heaven and bring it into the earth. After all, if we are only minimally invested in what we request, how can we expect a greater response from Holy Spirit?

It is then that “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God”.

To say something is on steroids is to say it is “in a much more powerful or extreme form.”[1] Now think of prayer on steroids. It is time to amp up our prayer life to a much more powerful or extreme form. It is time to loose the power of God over all that seeks to overcome us and that for which we pray.

It is time to say, “We can pray!” with the power and conviction of knowing that the prayers of a righteous man makes tremendous power available! [2]

Let’s pray!

 

[1] idioms- dictionary by Farlex

[2] James 5:16 b Amp

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