Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

The Power of Prayer



Have you sometimes felt like God is trying to tell you something?  I sure have, and sometimes it happens twice a day.


In this first month of a new year, we have joined with our family of churches in a daily emphasis to take time each day for prayer and fasting.  Prayer goes far beyond scheduled moments in which we might address the Lord God with a few words recited from scripture, or a short list of things needed in my life.


The intention of God for your prayer times with Him is nothing less than you partnering with Him to, as Jack Hayford wrote, invade the impossible.  As a pastor and servant to you, I deeply want you to begin to believe that prayer is powerful, and that you have much to learn and grow in concerning effective prayer.


I’m convinced that our Lord uses whatever means and methods available to grab you and me, get our attention so that we will call upon Him, and learn to declare His will in both spiritual and practical situations in our lives on this earth.  He is committed to including you and me to work with Him to affect His will in our personal, family, community and worldwide spheres.


He reminds me to come and pray again and again by using the clock.  That’s right, I said the clock.  I can’t tell you how many times I just happen to glance at a clock when it reads 7:14 – many times twice in a day. Why 7:14?  Because there is a great verse of scripture calling us to powerful prayer that has 7:14 as its reference.


“…if My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14


You don’t have to seek any signs.  There is no doubt, and nothing to excuse us from the work of prayer.  Today is the day that our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are calling us to pray in humble repentance in Jesus’ name; and bring the chaos of this world up to Him for healing.  If you have faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord then you are called to pray in this way.  And there is much more in God’s Word that teaches us to pray.  Here are just two:


Call on the Lord and He will answer, and show you great and mighty things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3.  “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13.


Pastor Rich