Most of us have heard phrases such as “there’s power in prayer,” or “much prayer, much power.” But what if I told you that there’s no power in prayer? You would probably think that I’m not biblically sound or that I’m off my rocker. Despite what you may initially think, I’ll affirm it once more: there is no power in prayer. Bear with me while I explain.
Think about this for a second:
Muslims pray. Hindus pray. Buddhists pray. Yet do they see any results? Not at all. I’ll even go so far as to say that many people, professing to be Christians, pray and yet see no power or receive any results. It’s easy to understand why those who pray to false gods don’t experience power in prayer. But what about those who pray to the one and only, true, living God? Why is the power of God hidden from so many “faithful” Christian prayers?
Let’s look at the Bible to understand why:
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints … “ – Ephesians 6:18 (ESV).
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit … ” – Jude 1:20 (ESV).
“And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” – Romans 8:27 (ESV).
There is no power in prayer, because people aren’t praying in the Spirit! Rather than us saying that there’s power in prayer, we should be proclaiming instead that there’s power in the PRESENCE of God. We shouldn’t be praying to God unless we are first in God’s presence!
Psalm 91:1 reads,
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”
In other words, he who LIVES (dwells) in the PRESENCE (shelter) of the Most High …
We are to live in God’s presence. The problem with many Christians today is that they tend to only visit God’s presence and then leave. They may operate in the spirit momentarily, but then they revert back to fleshly living. But God calls for us to constantly live in His presence. We are to constantly commune with Him, worship Him and experience Him.
See, we too often pray and fast in the flesh (outside of God’s presence). God will not hear us if we’re living in the flesh. He will only hear from us if we are in His realm–which is the Spirit realm.
There’s only power in prayer, when we pray in Spirit; and the only way to pray in Spirit is by living in God’s presence. Have your prayers ever gone unanswered? Do you think that was because you weren’t praying in the Spirit? In what ways can we ensure that we’re constantly living in God’s presence, even when we have earthly responsibilities?