Monday, October 31, 2011

The most powerful prayer

John 11:11 (NKJV) 11 ..."Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."

This was the prayer Jesus prayed to bring Lazarus up from the dead after 4 days in the tomb. No shouting. No explaining. Just a confident declaration because He knew that His Father always hears Him (John 11:41). How do I know that this was His prayer? Just because the Bible doesn't indicate otherwise, does it mean He didn't pray another prayer? I believe that the Bible reveals this to us somewhere else.

The Bible says in James 5:17, "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months." Notice that it says that Elijah "prayed earnestly". Now let's take a look at this earnest prayer. The Bible says in 1 Kings 17:1, "And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word."  That's it, that's Elijah's prayer. No shouting or explaining, he simply said "there shall be no dew or rain". It was a confident declaration.

The key to all of this is knowing that our Father always hears us. He hangs out with us. As you learn to talk to Him continually you will have an awareness of His presence. This awareness will give you a confidence of His love for you. You will learn about His desire for you to prosper in every area of your life. Simple fellowship with God will cause prayers that are powerful enough to raise people from the dead. Talk to Him continuously and spend some time in His Word. He will reveal Himself to you.

Be Blessed!

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