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There is No Power in Prayer

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?

About Micheal Boyd

Micheal is the owner and lead writer of Agape Her, where he publishes articles on marriage advice. His passion for marriage and writing inspires him to encourage husbands to love their wives unconditionally -- as God intended. Aside from marital advice, Micheal also deeply enjoys writing on various topics that inspires true Christian living. Be sure to check out his books!

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  1. wanda lenise shatten

    There is no God. look around if it was a loving god as people say do you think he would allow people to be in slavery for 400 years. Raping , beating, selling people children. feeding babies to alligator, knocking out teeth and chopping off foots and other body parts, and not to mention so call God sending others on journeys to kill off nations telling them to kill everyone even the kids and to love your master what sense does that make, They claim you have the same spirit Jesus Christ have and you will be doing greater works than him, OK. then let me see you go in feed 5,000 people with 2 fish and bread. people need to wake up with the nonsense, just look around today all these black people keep coming up missing then found dead with no organs, even happen in the hospitals killing blacks for organs mainly black females. and killing all blacks men in the streets policemen, there are getting paid to do it so they can have they organs .all blacks in Africa starving so if there is a god maybe he is white that would explain why blacks been tried so bad and ignore by god because he not our god

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