“There is but one power available to redeem the course of events, and that is the power of prayer by God-fearing, Christ-believing people,” says Billy Graham in his Devotional Treasury called UNTO THE HILLS.
THE POWER OF PRAYER.
How do we define prayer? Prayer is speaking with God. We have a body. We have a soul. We have a spirit. We consist of three component parts. Prayer is the soul of man speaking with the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is one absolute essential before prayer becomes effective. What is it? We must believe in the existence of God. We must pray with faith that there is a God. Hebrews 11:6 says:
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
“WE’VE GOT THE POWER!”
Have you ever tried to define “fear of the Lord?” I found this definition:
“Referential trust with a hatred of evil.” – Dr. C. I. Scofield
God requires from each one of us that we fear him. The purpose of creation is to fear God. This is what the Bible says:
“Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.” – Deuteronomy 6:13
“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13
It is always good to start with a definition. How do we define faith?
The dictionary says: Faith is loyalty to a creed or religion. Not long ago I received a “Coffee Loyalty Card”. “Every tenth cup is free,” it says on the card.
The BIBLE says:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
My faith that saves me is a personal trust in a person. The person is the Lord Jesus Christ. Many things are happening when one believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here are a few: I believe and I have access to the grace of God. I am accepted in the beloved. I am born again. I am forgiven. The Lord Jesus Christ is my advocate. I am an ambassador. As mentioned before, that are only a few things!
We’ve got power, but do we have the God-fearing, Christ-believing people?