31 March 2020
POWER OF PRAYER
Today’s devotion is taken from Luke 19:28-48 and this bible passage is mainly used for Palm Sunday sermon. It is about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. That was a week of celebration with people lining the road, spreading their cloaks on the road as Jesus rode through, and waving palm branches shouting loudly joyful praises to God. But sadly, when that week ended, another week began whereby Jesus was arrested, tried, condemned and crucified.
From that same bible passage, in verses 45-46, we recognized that Jesus was angry in seeing traders doing business in the temple, that he chased them out and said, “It is written, my house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.”
The church is, first and foremost, to be a place of prayer. A. W. Tozer, a modern-day prophet has said that the real size of a church is measured by who attends the prayer meeting. Why the big emphasis on prayer?
The Scriptures are full of bible verses on prayer. This is to tell us how important prayer is and how necessary it is for us to pray.
Thought to ponder – Why would God invite, even command us to pray if He were not going to answer? He is ready to answer our prayers. It is for us to pray in faith according to His revealed will, to persevere in prayer and leave the means and timing to Him. We do our part and He will surely do His.
Prayer is more than just communicating with God. There is power in our prayers. God will move mountains through our time interceding on behalf of others. When the whole church prays, the gates of hell tremble. When the believer prays, the enemy flees.
Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Isn’t that wonderful? We can go boldly to God in our prayers. He loves it when we do. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer. Let us be like the persistent widow in our prayers. God will hear them, and He will answer in due time.
Prayer – Lord Jesus, grow ME to be a person of faithful, faith-filled prayer. Amen.