What prayer does

1Samuel 1:27: For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him.

pray-442560_640 (1)People are invited to ask God for things, and in a way, the bible is a whole giant book on relationship with God in which prayer is a basic part.

Asking God for something is a reflection of the choice we make to rely on him, to depend on him, to seek his help, his contribution, his grace and his power.

The psalmist said: I called on the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4). It does not matter how low your state is, God can reach out his hand and lift you up, regardless of how bad your situation is, God can come to you and give you a turn around. No matter how great the pain you feel is, God can take it away.

The book of Jeremiah reads: I will restore health to you, and all your wound I will heal (Jeremiah 30:17). The word of God is sharper than any two edged sword piercing into the crevices of the soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12), able to effect healing there too because the bible in the book of psalm says that God sent the word to heal and deliver from the pit (Psalm 107). For those to whom the psalmist said God sent his word, they had earlier cried out to God in their distress.

The nascent church in the book of Acts faced distress and they cried out to God (Acts 4). When the duo of Peter and John were warned not to preach again in the name of Jesus, they told the disciples and they lifted up their voices to heaven asking for God to release his power and glorify his son Jesus in the midst of the city.

God answered with a renewed infilling of the Holy Spirit and the place where they prayed shook visibly. They asked for God to act and the Holy Spirit gave a display of his power. That the building where they were shook, was God telling them that he was ready to shake the world through them, regardless of the opposition they. (Something shakes every time we pray, even if we do not notice it.) God is going to bring down what seems to be standing, in one grand shaking.

After that time of prayer and because of the supernatural power of God they all felt, they went forward in great power, faith and confidence. They refused to be cowed as they stood for light and transformation in their generation. They asked for it, for God to show the trump card of his supernatural power, and they got great things done for God.

Once again God said he is going to shake the heavens and the earth (Hebrews 12:26-27). From that incident in the book of Acts, it is clear that prayer will also be linked to that.

Isaiah prayed: oh that you will rend the heaven and come down that the mountains may quake at your presence (Isaiah 64:1). The mountains stand for things that have been long established, human societal structure, political structure, economic structure.

The Lord is coming down and he is shaking things through us. Anything that is not founded on God will be shaken. The wind of the Holy Spirit is blowing, things are shaking, the weakness in the human structures are being revealed, and very soon, they will crash, giving way for the establishment of the kingdom of God.

Jesus said that we should pray to God: let your kingdom come, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10). The kingdom of God comes because we pray it should. And when it comes all other kingdoms have to give way.

John wrote in the book of Revelation concerning the second coming of Jesus, saying: the spirit and the bride says come to Jesus (and that is prayer) (Revelation 22:17). That means prior to the coming of Jesus there will be a massive prayer movement like nothing the earth had seen. The Spirit will empower the church to shift the heavenly, to change times and seasons, to cause Jesus to come and start his rule on the earth, stopping the evil works of the devil in its tracks. And in the ministry of Paul it was actually said about him that he shook the world (Acts 17:6). Prayer is the vehicle that God rides on to do his works on the earth.

We are asked to pray that God’s will be done on earth at it is heaven. The impression that gives is that though in heaven the will of God is the absolute, that is not automatically the case on the earth. The vital need is prayer. In prayer the will of man shows he agrees with the will of God as he seeks to enforce it.

Prayer is like the donkey on which Jesus rode to Jerusalem. Jesus coming on a donkey was the fulfilment of a prophecy that Zion’s (Jerusalem) king will come riding on an ass, the colt of an ass (John 12:12-16, Zechariah 9:9). The coming of the king signifies the establishment of the kingdom, the place where the will of the king dominates.

In that light, since prayer brings prophecy to pass, that donkey is like prayer. It is not enough to hear the word, prayer should be used as the vehicle to bring it to reality; it is the tool to bring the reality of the kingdom of God to the earth.

The donkey looks simple. It is meant to carry burdens. And that is the same thing prayer is designed for, to carry the burdens of the Lord, towards bringing his will to pass.

You might ignore the donkey as you pay attention to the king riding on it, but you will not even see Jesus in Jerusalem at that time, except on that donkey.

Could Jesus have come to Jerusalem walking? Yes. But he had to fulfil prophecy and ride on a donkey to get there, since he was committed to the word of God, and has said that he has not come to do away with the scriptures, but to fulfil them (Matthew 5:17).

So for the question: can God do something without prayer? Of course he can, but to fulfil the limitation he puts on himself when he made man and gave him jurisdiction over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28), he works with men and that in the place of prayer.

The bible says that can two work together except they are agreed (Amos 3:3)? In the place of prayer we come into agreement with God. There we experience light and shine the same to the world where darkness prevails.

It is in the place of prayer we receive the grace to impart our world, receive help to be able to help others, to be the best we can be, to be changed into the very image of God.


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