FRIDAY 7TH AUGUST, 2020
THEME: The Power In Prayer
PASSAGE: Acts 16:23-34
HYMN: MHB 359 OUT of the depth I cry to Thee
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.”
Prior to the events in our devotional passage for today, the presence of God had been felt by the apostles: (i) Timothy had joined Paul and Silas, (ii) Paul’s vision of a man of Macedonia, (iii) Lydia’s conversion, (iv) Paul cast out the demonic spirit in a slave girl. All those events clearly show the manifestation of God’s presence with the apostles. The same God opened the eyes of Apostle Paul to clearly see the antics of Satan in the girl who, ordinarily was not antagonistic to the apostles. Prayer can do a lot if you do not doubt.
The power in prayer is inestimable. The text reveals to us the power in the prayer of Paul and Silas who sang hymns and prayed in the night and their prayer caused an earthquake that removed their fetters and opened all the doors of the prison. The power in prayer moves, mountains, heals the sick, causes deliverance and makes every impossibility possible. There is no barrier that prayer cannot remove if one’s heart is right with God who answers prayer.
The Power in prayer opens the barren’s womb. In prayer, God reveals Himself to His people. James 5:13, says, “Is anyone of you suffering, let him pray.” The power in prayer can take one out of suffering. The power in prayer caused salvation to the jailer and his household.
Indeed, the power in prayer cannot be stopped by any human power or the forces of darkness. This, of course, is the reason why Satan flees when prayers are offered by true children of God. I, therefore, urge you, brother/ sister, to pray and praise and witness the power in prayer today. The Lord hears and answers prayers.
PRAYER: Lord, teach me how to pray, and let my life be so greatly transformed that the people will glorify Your mighty name. Amen.
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