A powerful weapon
When I encounter people going through deep valleys of trouble, I often recite the Christian adage “I’m praying for you.” Even as I follow through I often feel like I’m not doing much. Lies! Lies straight from hell! Praying for others, praying for help, strength, and guidance is one of the most powerful tools God has given his followers. Yet many of us fall into the devil’s trap believing prayer a small gift to others.
As I read through the genealogies of 1 Chronicles, I occasionally find a break in the “son of …” line up. Such is the case in chapter 5 as the author describes the conquests of the Reuben, Gad, and half-tribe of Manasseh. Of particular interest is the verse as they opposed an enemy.
“They were helped in fighting them, and God handed the Hagrites and all their allies over to them, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in Him.” 1 Chronicles 5:20
If we as Christians continue to view prayer as ‘the least we can do’ rather than as one of the greatest ways to help others, we will continue in a rut. I’ve driven down old dirt roads with deeply cut ruts. Once a tire gets in a rut, the vehicle continues that direction making it difficult to get back on track. Many churches and Christians are in a rut today. We have lost the enthusiasm of the early church, lost the godly influence the church once had on society, and we have lost the power of prayer. Now is the time for the Church and Christians to call out to God, to pray, and to trust Him.
If we want to see the hand of God working mightily in our families, our churches, and our nation, then we have to take up the powerful weapon of prayer. We must go to war on our knees. We must take the battle position with folded hands and bowed heads. We must open our eyes to see how Satan cringes when he sees a child of God ready to fight his influence with prayer.
Lord, teach me to pray more effectively. Open my eyes to truly see the power of prayer. Show me how to trust you more today and rely on you with prayers. Amen