Don’t Dismiss the Power of Prayer

Rise up from your rut and reclaim your spiritual passion.

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Don’t Dismiss the Power of Prayer (Open list)

Have you ever found yourself in a spiritual rut? I know I have. Life gets busy, the church feels like one more thing on your to-do list, and prayer feels both cumbersome and ineffective.

“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12, 13

The Power of Prayer

There are two kinds of prayer — the prayer of form and the prayer of faith. The repetition of set, customary phrases when the heart feels no need of God, is formal prayer. We should be extremely careful in all our prayers to speak the wants of the heart and to say only what we mean. All the flowery words at our command are not equivalent to one holy desire. The most eloquent prayers are but vain repetitions if they do not express the true sentiments of the heart.

But the prayer that comes from an earnest heart, when the simple wants of the soul are expressed just as we would ask an earthly friend for a favor, expecting that it would be granted—this is the prayer of faith. The publican who went up to the temple to pray is a good example of a sincere, devoted worshiper. He felt and knew that he was a sinner, and his great need led to an outburst of passionate desire,

“God be merciful to me a sinner.”

After we have offered our petitions, we are to answer them ourselves as far as possible, and not wait for God to do for us what we can do for ourselves. The help of God is held in reserve for all who demand it. Divine help must be combined with human effort and energy. But we cannot reach the heights of heaven without climbing ourselves. We cannot reach those heights by the prayers of others when we ourselves neglect to pray; for God has made no such provision for us. The unlovely traits in our characters are not removed and replaced by traits that are pure and lovely, without some effort on our part.

The power of prayer is undeniable to those who pray regularly. True stories of prayer making a difference in a moment, a life, or the world inspire each of us to examine and strengthen our faith life regularly.

“Reach deep inside to access the power of praying to change our lives and change our hearts.”

In our efforts to follow the example set us by our Lord Jesus, we shall make crooked lines. Yet let us not cease our efforts. Temporary failure should make us lean more on Christ.

There it is. The fuel that drives everything: prayer.

Please find a collection of prayers chosen by men, women, and children from multi-denominational Christian backgrounds. Contributors include politicians and royalty, as well as ordinary people.

While I have no scientific measure of how “popular” a prayer might be, nor is popularity to be equated with quality, there is something about the following prayers that make them surely among the world’s most favorite prayers.

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Written by Dean Jones

Dean Jones has a vision for how to solve problems and a passion for the process. Dean enjoys pursuing his fascination with the current and future state of digital media and has a background in project management, design, coding and web development. Dean attended Central St Martins, College of Art & Design in Central London (between 1996-2001). He graduated with a Degree in Graphic Design and a Masters Degree in Communications Design. After which he completed Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching PGCE. He also attended London South Bank University LSBU and graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma and a Masters Degree in Building Surveying and Project Management.

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  1. Heavenly, Loving and Eternal Father, how great are you who created the very air that we breathe, which is without smell, taste, colour, or physically identification, yet still is. Forgive us Lord where we might have sinned, forgive me for I know I have, and come short of your glory. I am not worthy to be called after your name, yet Lord there is one who You sent for me, and it is in His name, it is by his blood that I petition your thrown right now on behalf of this group. Cleanse us Lord! Let us sing songs in our heart and out loud of Your glory. Let us rejoice in Your goodness. I thank you for the many u deserved blessings you have showered upon your people this week. The mercy you have shown us in not coming yet, for I would not have been ready, and I want to be Lord. I ask that your Holy Spirit may be present with us even now in our respective homes and places right now and that we may receive You into our hearts fully. Purge us Lord and make our praise far more than lip service as we once again surrender fully to You. And if there is anything blocking that surrender to Your wisdom I pray You will remove said obstacle. We have had much discussion this week and we pray that it has been all to Your honour and glory. Direct us to use that which was of wisdom for our spiritual growth and development and to draw others closer to You and to loose that which You would deem of none effect by our own intellect. Let us live the Truth You have given us and let it be seen afar off, not to make us liked but to raise up a sign post to You that others might be saved as well as that living Your way is a way of Love and not fear. Let us lift You up all the more today, preparing for the day when men would kill us for so doing, for that time draws near. We ask that you will be with those suffering injustices around the world with specific reference to Libya. We pray there will be relief to their suffering which will come by Your mighty hand. We long fir the day when oppression is no more and freedom reigns. We lift up to You at this time those who are already in the midst of persecution for being Your word. I pray that each and every family represented here will be ready for Your imminent return and will not cling to anything other than your promises in the name of our blessed Redeemer Yahoshuah. Amen

  2. Yes, God can definitely strengthen us through the power of prayer. He is in our midst. He is just a clasp hand away. Encouraging post. 🙂

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    Carly (Message In Stanza)

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