Going Deeper with the Message:
The Power of Prayer
by: Ben Biles
For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about key spiritual habits to include in your life. So far, we’ve covered reading God’s word, taking a Sabbath, connecting with other believers, and serving. This week, Pastor Josh talked through the essentials of prayer. I’ve noticed through years in ministry that prayer is simultaneously the most simple and the most intimidating part of our walk with God. What I mean is that a lot of believers feel like they aren’t praying in the right way. So today, I want to make you feel confident that your prayers are God-honoring and well meaning.
Praying at its simplest form is communicating with God. There is no limit to how much you can pray or what you can pray for. God desires that we say what is on our minds and hearts, whether that be praises and thanks in the good times or confession in the bad times. Many times, I communicate my struggles and problems alongside my worries and stresses. If you’re angry, be honest. If you’re sad, know that He wants to care for you. You don’t have to be perfect to come before the Father. You are His child and He wants you to communicate with Him wherever you are.
If you don’t know what to pray for, Josh mentioned praying through the acrostic A.C.T.S. which is helpful for believers to think through. Adoration means we praise God for who He is. In confession, we bring our sins before God and ask for forgiveness. When we express thanksgiving, we thank God for the things He has done and is doing in our lives. Finally, supplication is asking God for help with current and future needs.
You should also know that praying for others is a key function of prayer. We have a fancy word for this: “intercession.” We intercede on behalf of others to God, making known their needs. We see a great example of Jesus doing this in John 17 in which he talks to the Father on behalf of the disciples. We also see the Apostle Paul do this in the beginning of his letters to the different church (see Eph. 1:15-23 for example). Interceding for others is the product of love for them and a desire to see God work in their life.
When we pray, we focus on God and center our minds and hearts in Him. Consistent prayer then is able to help us confront the fear, stress, and worry in our lives as we focus on God, placing our hope and trust in Him. When you incorporate prayer as a habit, you will find it easier to take a step back from the current situation and let God reassure you that He has everything under control.