Prayer is the most powerful form of energy that one can generate. The influence of prayer on the human mind and body is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands. Its results can be measured in terms of increased physical buoyancy, greater intellectual vigor, moral stamina, and a deep understanding of the realities underlying human relationships.
By Joy Haney
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22).
Power in prayer is the greatest power in the world. It is greater than power of wealth, power of oratory, power of song, or any other power. You can see the greatest things happen through prayer. It is a privilege to pray. Prayer is a treasure house of good things. We are invited to come boldly to the throne room of God with our needs and petitions, and He will hear us. Prayer gives strength when you feel you are fainting. Time spent in prayer brings joy when there is sorrow. Prayer is a release from pent-up tensions and problems. Prayer clears the vision, steadies the nerves, defines duty, and stiffens the purpose.
Prayer will inspire you to live each day as if it were your last, for when you pray you get a glimpse of eternity. Your world becomes larger. Prayer causes you to reach your goals. It helps to organize the mind. It energizes you! Prayer is like charging a battery. Prayer is energy.
Prayer will cause you to reach the highest level of achievement. It will help you be the master of a situation instead of having the situation master you. It will lift your thoughts to the level of winning.
Prayer is a place of refuge where one meets with God. It brings protection and safety to the one who prays. S. Chrysotom said it like this: “The man without prayer is as the fish out of water, and gasping for life.” Just as the fish gasps for life without being in water, so do people fight for life’s breath when they do not pray. They are gasping and struggling for life when they cut themselves off from spending time in the rivers of God’s presence. Communion with God brings life and peace!
Without prayer, a person becomes a dry, thirsty land and opens himself up to depression. He is unprotected from spirits that would attach themselves to him. S. Chrysotom wrote the following: “The man without prayer is as a city without walls, and open to all attacks.” Prayer is a spiritual covering for the mind and heart. In God’s presence there are protection and healing. Prayerlessness can cause frustration and a nagging sense of unhappiness because when people do not reach up and touch divinity through prayer, they chain themselves to a never-ending cycle of self. Prayer lets God come into your life and thoughts, and it brings new understanding of things.
Milton said, “The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge is to love and imitate Him.” How can one know Him if they do not spend time with Him in prayer, and how can they become like Him if they do not know Him? Prayer, if practiced by the masses, would totally change the world. There are miracles and answers to questions just waiting for them if they would only choose to pray to God and invite Him into their lives.