Increasing Your Power in Prayer
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to pack more of a punch in their prayers than others? What makes their prayers more powerful?
James 5:16 says this in the AMPC Version of the Bible: "Confess to one another, therefore, your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]."
One of the first things the Bible instructs us to do is to confess our sins and shortcomings to one another and to pray for one another. Confession is to adopt a position of humility, which pulls God into our midst. He resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble. (see James 4:6). Confession also helps to unburden our conscience and relieve us of any guilt or secret shame. The very nature of confession is an act of humility that acknowledges our need for forgiveness and others.
Psalm 66:18 says "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear." In other words, if we cherish sin more than we desire to walk in righteousness, it becomes a hindrance to answered prayer. God hates sin and He wants His children to turn away from the things He calls evil. He desires truth in the inward places of our hearts. If we place our agreement with sin, then we retain things that offend Him or place in us the position of acting hypocritically towards Him, and those things cause God to disregard prayer. We cannot be in agreement with faith and sin at the same time! Sin separates us from God. (Isaiah 59:2). Although the price has been paid for our sin, it is our obedience that releases God to move on our behalf. Obedience paves the way to answered prayer, and with it, the increase of faith to call those things that 'are not' (seen) into our natural realm.
1 John 1:9:10 reminds us that when we confess our sins, God is able and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from any unrighteousness. When our conscience is clear, we can stand before God with confidence, knowing that He hears us and will answer our prayers.
"Beloved if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and we will receive from Him whatever we ask because we keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight..." 1 John 3:21, 22
So here we see the value of 1) keeping God's commandments and 2) confession of our sin when we fail to do what is right.
Confession AND the humble act of asking someone else to pray with us and for us release healing and restores us to a spiritual tone in mind and heart. These things working together gives us access to a greater level of dynamic power in prayer.
When we pray, our prayers often release keys - keys of revelation, prophetic insights, words of knowledge, and an increase in understanding that makes our prayers more effective and powerful. Think of prayer being like a kite that is sent up into the heavenlies. The string connects the individual to the prayer, and at the end is a key. When a person walks in obedience to God, they have confidence in prayer. That confidence makes them bold, insistent and persistent! Confidence and boldness remind God what His word says. When we return His word to Him, it activates angels on assignment, thus releasing answers to prayer. (Ps. 103:20) When God responds to prayer, it is like lightning striking our kite and sending down the answer!
Do you want God to move the mountains in your life? Do you want to increase in confidence and boldness in prayer? When you obey His word, He has no reason to say no to your request!