Most of us want to enhance our prayer lives. Unfortunately, a dichotomy exists in our minds and in our churches, a dichotomy that distinguishes between “seasoned prayer warriors” and the rest of us. If you don’t feel particularly gifted in prayer, you might feel like your prayers have only a little or no impact. And if that’s the case, you’ll probably pray with little or no impact.
Before we explore the world of Christian persecution, let’s take some time to reflect on our own personal prayer lives and preconceptions about the power of prayer. Do you pray because you have to? When you talk to God, is it hard enough just to keep from falling asleep? How might your prayer life change if God were to show you the real-life impact of your prayers?
My favorite non-biblical quote about the power of prayer says, “History belongs to the intercessors.” In other words, history changers are not in capitol buildings, palaces, and battle fields. History changers are on their knees, asking God to advance his kingdom here on earth. Do you believe this? Do you really believe that your prayers can change the world? Do you act as though your prayer life has the ability to make a difference in the outcome of human history?
Here’s a thought to ponder. If you knew with absolute certainty that God would release a prisoner from jail if you fervently prayed, would you take the time to do it? If you were convinced that every time you prayed for a certain country God would bring one new soul to salvation, how would that impact your devotional life?
When we go into prayer with low expectations, it’s likely that those expectations will be met. When we enter God’s throne room with the absolute certainty that our prayers can change the world, it’s very likely that those expectations will be met as well.
Taken from 30 Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.
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