I remember growing up and being drug by my parents every week to an hour prayer meeting on Saturday night. Most of the time, it was just myself, my parents, and a few other people that would show up to this prayer meeting. I would wonder about why there wasn’t more people showing up for prayer. Hundreds of people would show up for praise and worship on Sunday morning but only a handful of people would show up for prayer Saturday night.
Why is this? Why is everyone so quick to praise but not willing to pray? Why are we so quick to shout but not willing to walk about? The problem with this today is that we have forgotten how powerful prayer is. James tells us “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV) If prayer is so powerful and effective then why do we tend to neglect it?
Daniel prayed three times a day. (See Daniel 6:13 NIV) The only thing that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them was to pray. (See Luke 11:1-4 NIV) Jesus, Himself, prayed in the garden before He went to the cross. (See Luke 22:39-44 NIV)
If Daniel was faithful to pray and it delivered him from the lion’s den, if the only thing the disciples asked Jesus to teach them was to pray, and if Jesus took the time to pray before going to the cross; why wouldn’t we take the time to pray more often?
I heard T.D. Jakes say once that “Maybe the reason why you are still on the cross or still in the grave is because you didn’t pray your way in.” In other words if you don’t pray your way into it, you can’t praise your way through it.
Maybe that breakthrough you’ve been praising God about, you need to start praying for. Maybe that wall you’ve been shouting about to come down, you need to walk about it in prayer. Maybe before you jump up to your feet in praise, you need to drop down to your knees in prayer.
James goes on to say “Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:17-18)
Prayer is so powerful that it can stop something in your life from happening and it can also produce something in your life. What is it in your life that you are wanting to see stopped? Or what is it in your life that you are wanting to see produced? Start praying about it first before you start praising God for it and see if it doesn’t come to pass. Remember there is power in prayer!