The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

. . . in everything by prayer and supplication . . .

                                                                        —Philippians 4:6


June 5, 2018 – It is so fitting to begin this blog series with the subject of prayer, as in “The Power of Prayer”. It is the power of prayer that formed the foundation of this country, and it is the power of prayer that fashioned the foundation of our U. S. Constitution. And it is the power of prayer that gives American leaders the foresight and the will power to forge ahead, in spite of all of their imperfections and evil that has been levelled against this country thus far.

Knowing that prayer, especially intercessory prayer, is a midnight weapon and supreme call of all Christians, we should not make prayer our petition of “last resort.” Instead, we should make prayer the petition of “first resort.” If prayer is to have its full effect, action must follow your prayers as though the prayer was already answered. Otherwise, what good is the power of prayer if we do not act on the power so vested in prayer? That’s why Philippians 4:6 encourages us to “…be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving…”

Case in point: At the time of this writing, I am providing weekly pastoral counseling to a dynamic, young Christian man who’s a corporate executive. The young man’s wife abruptly left him, and now they are at the beginning stage of a divorce. The young man is crushed after all his efforts to reconcile had failed. As I intercede for him in prayer, we both are seeing the power of God working before our very eyes. First, he just landed a six-figure job. How? We prayed, we prepared, then he acted on the power of our prayers. Second, his new boss is also a Christian whose marriage suffered the same fate. Third, the new boss graciously extended written accommodations to the young man so that his young son from the marriage would not suffer the total loss of his father. And the blessings are still coming. But the young man continues to allow his anxiety to derail his joy and drag him down a dark hole because of the way “things used to be.” But as I continue to intercede for him in prayer, and continue to meet with him and remind him of the new and positive things the Lord is doing in his life, beating back anxiety is becoming much easier for him.

So, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Here’s your bread from the Fathers table:

Prayer requires forward-looking action with an expectant faith that God the Father will see you through, and that “…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

In His Love,

Dr. Michael W. McCoy, M.Div. JD., Th.D.

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