The Power of Prayer

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“Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”  Ephesians 3:20 (ASV)

One of my favorite verses! This is a truth statement that I have memorized in order to set my mind in its proper place when my life-God ratio gets a bit off.

It is easy for us to get lost in the operation of this tangible, earthly world. It is what we see and touch all day long. Our children, our families are all visibly here first. We only know them in the context of this realm. When they pass on, we have to hold hope that there will be another place for us to continue our relationship (and of course there is!) This life is not all there is, but we can so easily lose sight of that in our day to day.

I wake up like all of you with a paparazzi-like gathering of ideas and reminders. My brain feels like a celebrity being hounded with the most pressing of to-dos and the guilt and shame of the forgotten tasks. I am running in a lot of different directions in this season of raising kids who are all growing into school-aged people with interests and homework and friends and individual personalities! I also am on a journey to become the person I have always wanted to be. My husband needs me and I need him. My children are in desperate need of my guidance and provision. I have mornings that are no longer my own. I am doing a lot, but also protecting my own schedule. With all of this in front of me, how do I stay aware of the life to come?

Prayer.

What a deeply simplistic answer Ashley, thanks…oh wait, that doesn’t help at all!

God’s Word says in Thessalonians 5:16-17 (NIV):

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

So the answer is continual communication with God. Continual means start and stop. It is more of a consistently coming back to God. Checking in frequently. Communicating to God is prayer so this checking in is what keeps you from losing sight of what we are all in this for. If you hear nothing else in this piece, please understand the intention behind the word continually instead of continuously. Continuously means nonstop.

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Pray continually―daily―for guidance and wisdom in all areas of your life. The power in this type of prayer is that it is digging a deeper and deeper thought pattern. You are training yourself to go to God with everything. The power of the big prayer is built in the little prayer.

Watch God deliver continuously and you will begin to believe that Ephesians 3:20 is true for you too. He is able to be there 100% of the time. A continuous help at all times! If you haven’t trusted him for the small things, how do you have the faith to depend on him in the crisis of life? Practice Thessalonians 5:16-17 in order to grow in the belief of Ephesians 3:20. The power of prayer is never the words or the amount of time given to it. The power is birthed when our unseen spirit takes time to stop operating in this physical world alone and acknowledges the realm that is unseen―for now. The spirit realm is the force behind it all.

Ephesians 6:12 says:

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

We cannot win this battle operating solely in the physical realm. Prayer penetrates into the spirit realm. We can connect with our spiritual tools with earthly methods. Prayer is a key to unlocking wisdom and revelation from [the] Holy Spirit! I have seen physical and emotional miracles when people gather together in prayer. I have seen great growth in my own life because I have brought my desires (big and small) to the feet of Jesus in prayer and asked for help.

Prayer is not just asking for things though. I spend time praying praises and declarations of worship to our King. This also serves to elevate our perspective on what this life is really all about. We are just passing through and nothing here truly matters except the condition of our souls.

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