Our power in prayer is the Word of God. Through God’s Word, we can know, believe, and agree in faith with God’s will. Without His Word, our prayers lack a solid foundation; they rest on a flimsy base of opinions, desires, and feelings rather than on “the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23). Such prayers are powerless to effect change, but all the power of God is available to true prayer.
Prayer is very simple—it’s speaking the Word to God exactly as He gave it to us. Since we receive the same raw material for prayer as other believers, our effectiveness in prayer often depends on how we handle God’s Word. This can make the difference between answered and unanswered prayer. We must handle the Word properly and responsibly. (See 2 Timothy 2:15.) First, we must understand that God Himself is speaking in the Word, because the Word is who He is: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, emphasis added).
God’s presence becomes part of our prayers when we speak His Word in faith. In 1 Kings 19, Elijah did not find God in the wind, earthquake, or fire, but in “a still small voice” (v. 12 NKJV). Many people want a manifestation of God’s power, but they don’t realize His Word is the foundation of that power—that the power is only a reflection of the greatness of God Himself. God’s Word is so powerful that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. (See Matthew 17:20.)
Father, without Your Word, our prayers have no foundation. Please help me grow in Your Word so my communion with You will be true and my prayers will be effective. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: God Himself is speaking in the Word.
Reading: 1 Kings 8–9; Luke 21:1–19
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)