Praying Makes a Difference

  • Matthew 18:18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
  • Matthew 18:19-20 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
  • Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Matthew 21:22)
  • John 16:23-24 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

God values prayer because His house is to be called a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13). Our churches should be houses of prayer where He is exalted and lifted high, where intercession is made for everyone, including those in authority and the Lord’s people (1 Timothy 2:2, Ephesians 6:18). Prayer should be a priority as it was for the apostles. They wanted to give their attention to prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4). We are to be faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12). Prayer should be a daily occurrence like it was in the early church. They all joined together constantly in prayer… (Acts 1:14, 2:42). Some things can only be obtained after time in prayer (Mark 9:29). The Holy Spirit can help us in our prayers (Romans 8:26). The last element in prayer but most important is to believe. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer (Matthew 21:22). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

The most frequently used prayer is the one made to the Father in the Name of Jesus as indicated in John 16:23-24. It requires you lifting a prayer or a request up to God and asking it in Jesus’ Name. There is the prayer of agreement where two agree about something. This is not just simple consent. It is really believing that whatever is agreed to will take place. There is also the option to bind and loose which Jesus referred to as the keys of the kingdom (Matthew 16:19). You can bind evil forces from operating in your life and you can loose the power of the Holy Spirit in that situation. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and the same thing with loosing. Prayers make God and His resources available to you. All prayers should be done in the Name of Jesus. Repeatedly the Word says that we will receive whatever we ask for in Jesus’ Name. There is an assurance that we will receive, if we believe.

How to pray:
  1. Prayer should begin in true reverence to God as Jesus showed us in Matthew 6:9 – hallowed be thy name.
  2. Pray when the need arises to get God involved in a situation as soon as possible. Ask it in the Name of Jesus. “You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2-3)
  3. God wants your time of prayer (which is different than prayer requests addressed to Him throughout the day) to be an intimate time with Him. He suggests you go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father who sees what is done in secret and He will reward you (Matthew 6:6). Let it be a two-way conversation where, not only do you talk to Him, He talks to you.
  4. The Holy Spirit has been sent to teach you all things so don’t hesitate to call on Him if you require assistance to pray (John 14:26).
  5. Pray in the Spirit on all occasions (Ephesians 6:18).
  6. Prayer differs from taking authority; you pray to God but you take authority over the enemy, over circumstances. For additional information on your power and authority, see category Spiritual Armor and Weapons.

Call to action:
Take the time to go into your secret place to spend time with God in prayer daily. Ask Him to give you revelation about prayer as it’s a powerful force.