God Is Good, Prayer Is Good
“Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.”
— John 16:23
Prayers offered in the name of Jesus have “divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV).
Not damage or hamper but demolish. Prayer falls on strongholds like lit matches on a grass hut.
In Matthew 11:27, Jesus said; All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
That includes Satan. The devil was soundly defeated by Christ on the cross. Jesus outranks him in every situation. He must obey Jesus, and he knows it.
The devil fears prayer.
Prayer slaps handcuffs on Satan.
Prayer takes problems out of the domain of the devil and into the presence of God.
Prayer confesses, “God can handle ALL THINGS. Since He can, I have hope!”
When we pray in the name of Jesus, we come to God on the basis of Jesus’ accomplishment.
Since we have a great high priest [Jesus] over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. — Hebrews 10:21–22
As our high priest, Jesus offers our prayers to God. His prayers are always heard.
Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. — John 16:23
There are those who say, “Prayer changes things because it changes us.” I agree but only in part.
Prayer changes things because prayer appeals to the top power in the universe. Prayer is not a magical formula or a mystical chant. It is the yes to God’s invitation to invoke His name.
Mark it down: Nothing else will have the final word, Jesus will.
(Adapted from Before Amen: The Power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado)
Dear Heavenly Father, I need your help. Help me to always keep my hope in you. Help me to be anxious for nothing but only pray without ceasing. I ask for wisdom, strength, restoration, healing, and grace to live a life fully pleasing to you. I receive help today and always.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.