Scripture Reference: Psalm 62:11 God has spoken once, twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.
I mentioned in my last post that PRAYER is our way of communicating with God like we would with anyone we're in a relationship with. It's so important that we talk to the Lord through prayer. How we do that is not as important as making sure that we do communicate with Him.
I used the acronym for P.R.A.Y.E.R. as a starting point for this series, which stands for:
Dunamis is not just any power
This week we're focused on the word POWER. When we communicate with God through prayer, we're able to see His power at work in our lives and situations. Here's a fun word to add to your repertoire: DUNAMIS! That's the Greek word for “power” and where we get our English word dynamite. The word, dunamis is not just any power; the word often refers to miraculous power or marvelous works (such as in Matthew 7:22; 11:21, 23; Mark 5:30; Luke 5:17; 9:1; 10:13; and Acts 8:13).
The power belongs to God
It's the Lord who gives us this “dunamis” power when we pray. Now before you write me off as a “word of faith” groupie, hear me out. When I say that God has given us this power, understand that the power I'm referring to is the ability or capacity that God works in and through us in situations and circumstances. The power belongs to God, and it's His power, not ours, that will shift circumstances on our behalf. Having said that, I certainly can't speak about the Power of God and neglect to mention the Holy Spirit.
Before Jesus went to the Cross, He told His disciples in Luke 24:49 that he would send the Promise of My Father upon you, and afterward, they would be endued or clothed with power from on high. In Acts 1:8 after Jesus' resurrection, He appeared to His disciples for the last time and told them they would receive power when the Holy Spirit would come upon them. This power is what enabled the Gospel to spread all throughout the world.
God's power works through people, which happens through PRAYER.
Here are a few examples in Old and New Testament Scripture where God's power was working through people:
- The prophet Elijah when confronting the false prophets. – 1 Kings 18:36-39
- The prophet Elisha when he healed a woman's son who was declared dead. – 2 Kings 4:32-35
- The apostles, John and Peter when they healed a crippled man in front of the synagogue. – Acts 3:1-10
- Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to God while in a dungeon prison to the point that it released their chains and that of the other prisoners. – Acts 16:24-26
So we can be confident that when we pray that God's power will manifest in answering our prayers. We can be confident that He can and will use you and others to accomplish His purpose and will in our lives and in the lives of others. God's power works through people, which happens through PRAYER.
Let's pray and have the mindset of Paul who tells us in Ephesians 3:20 that we're praying to a God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.
Be Encouraged knowing your prayers have power!
Father, help me to trust You and Your power to answer my prayers. I know Your promises to me are always yea and Amen! In Jesus' mighty name!