“Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.”(Ephesians 6:18)
Prayer is powerful because you are spiritually connected to the Source of life, God, who is the Creator of humanity.
The Holy Spirit’s ability to be everywhere to all individuals will remain a mystery to our finite minds. Even so, He is only a prayer away.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray, the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:15-18)
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He promised the heartbroken disciples the Holy Spirit. Although Jesus promised to send the Comforter–the Holy Spirit before His crucifixion, He was aware that we quickly forget His promises. And just before His ascension, Jesus gave them a promise of power from the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Yet, they understood from Jesus’ lifestyle of constantly praying to God that prayer is the only way that we can communicate with God and receive the Holy Spirit.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). And then Jesus ascended to heaven. Can you imagine being in the presence of Jesus every day and then watching His ascension to heaven?
Through our adversities and times of feeling lonely, God always intervenes by comforting us with His promises.
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 2:9-11).
Prayer extends an invitation for God to give us His Divine Intervention. Because God knows the weaknesses of our hearts, He uses our prayers to immediately send the Holy Spirit.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)
The Holy Spirit manifested His power by giving the disciples the ability to speak in the native languages of the people who were present in the house.
And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?” (Acts 2:6-8)
How important is prayer? “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We receive the blessings of transformation, strength, comfort, and peace through prayer that can only be manifested from the Divine Source, our Omnipotent God. It is through prayer that we stay in the perfect will of God. Prayer keeps us connected to Jesus Christ, who serves humanity as our Heavenly Intercessor.
Because we do not know what to pray for, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26).
Jesus stayed in the presence of God, His Father through constant and consistent prayer. “saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.'” (Luke 22:42).
We have God, the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as our Spiritual Team waiting for us to call for help through our prayers. Prayer releases Divine power to help us overcome our desires resulting from an innate carnal mindset. Prayer prevents us from falling into temptation. Never forget that prayer is our lifeline.
“…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Most importantly, our prayers of thanksgiving express gratitude to our Heavenly Father. Each day, take the time to thank God for His love, grace, and mercies upon your life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!