At the beginning of each year, my church participates in a 21–day fast and prayer. I, like so many others, gain a new perspective every year I participate. During these 21 days, I am intentional about my time with the Father. During my morning commute one morning, I had an exceptional time in worship and prayer. I exited my car this particular morning with a renewed understanding of how powerful prayer is. I did not do anything out of the ordinary, but I was deliberate every morning on going in harder. This particular morning, I just gave thanks to my Father for all He had done so far this 21 days. I began 21 days with a heavy heart; but I exited 21 days with a joy that I cannot I explain. A peace that surpasses all of my understanding. I came out with a new discernment on how powerful prayer is.
Prayer provides us with supernatural power! God’s Word tells us to pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
As I think about the battles that I have encountered on my spiritual walk, prayer has always led me to victory. The heartaches that I have encountered, prayer has always healed my broken heart. When I felt like I did not have the energy to make it through, prayer gave me the strength to endure. James 5:16 declares the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
There is Power in Prayer! This power has brought me peace beyond what I could imagine. This power has brought me joy that this world cannot take. This power has gifted me authority over any scheme the enemy meant for my harm. Achieving this power requires daily obedience, a forgiving heart, and unshakable faith in my Father.
The word “obedience” can be scary. It requires us to submit control to God. However, when we are obedient to Him, we honor Him. Honoring God allows Him to honor us. Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it – Luke 11:28. I don’t want to miss out on my blessings by not being obedient to God. Where He leads me, I will follow. Jesus spoke to them saying, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life – John 8:12.
I cannot afford not to forgive others. God’s Word tells us to forgive so He can forgive us – Mark 11:25. When I offer forgiveness, it is not for the other person; it is for me. Carrying around anger and hurt can make the most beautiful person unattractive. If I look gorgeous on the outside — and I do! — I need my heart look to just as good! The hurt and anger must be expunged so my heart can be beautiful for my Lord and Savior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you – Ephesians 4:32.
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. – Matthew 17:20. We should not lose heart when our timing does not align with God’s timing. Our petition to our Father will never go void. We have limited resources, but our Father‘s resources are limitless. God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think – Ephesians 3:20.
Growing up, there was a song we used to sing every Sunday, Have a Little Talk with Jesus. The words in this song today define to me what prayer is and what prayer will do. I encourage you, my friend, have a little talk with Jesus today! That conversation will change everything!
Now let us have a little talk with Jesus
Let us tell Him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry
He will answer by and by
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
And you know a little fire is burning
You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right
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Tomeka Jones is a higher education professional at her local community college. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 18 years and they are the proud parents of one amazing daughter. In the fall you can catch her on the pitch watching her daughter or watching college football. She loves to tell other women about God’s unconditional love for them. Click here to read more about Tomeka.