Very often, we resort to prayer when we have exhausted our own muscle and power; yet, a chasm still exists between where we are and where we want to be.
What is prayer?
Prayer is conversation with God. We align our spirit with His. Like wires in a circuit, empowered by a battery, prayer is our lifeline to accessing the power of God.
For Black History Month, it is appropriate to recognize that there is no situation where the power of prayer has been more collectively evident than in the plight of African American peoples. It has been our hope in the midst of kidnapping, rape, and enslavement.
Harriet Tubman Prayed
I heard the story of Harriet Tubman, leader of the Underground Railroad, who, during one of her freedom journeys via boat, had to wait nervously before the boatman was prepared to examine her forged tickets. Waiting was filled with anxiety. While she waited to be admitted into the boat, she got down on her spiritual knees and knocked on the doors of heaven: "Oh, Lord! You've been with me in six troubles, don't desert me in the seventh!" When the boatman finally addressed her situation, he allowed Tubman and her passenger in the boat. Answered prayer for the seventh time. History records that she made 19 trips (http://goo.gl/mjJXa0).
During the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King Prayed
There are news clips, showing Dr. Martin Luther King leading demonstrators in prayer before leading them in protest. The National Catholic Reporter (http://goo.gl/6EqZtd) listed the following as one of Martin Luther King’s many prayers: “God, give us strength of body to keep walking for freedom. God, give us strength to remain nonviolent, even though we may face death.”
Prayer was the strength of the slave, carried through the Civil Rights Movement, and continues to sustain innumerable Believers today. We may not be escaping from slavery or leading a movement, but we are walking on enemy turf; and to do that successfully, we have to be in a posture of perpetual prayer. We are told to “Let our requests be made known unto God…” Personally, I have a spreadsheet of my requests to God, which I recheck often to remind me about the many prayers that He has answered.
Aren’t we advised to prayer always (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? There is so much to pray about. Read any newspaper today: the children of Flint, Michigan; persecuted Christians in Nigeria, Syria, and elsewhere around the world; our leaders right here in this country.
How to pray?
All we have to do is open our mouths or minds wherever we are and talk to God. He hears us. When we’re walking down the street, driving our car, sitting at our desk, God is there. Early in the morning. In the noonday. Late at night. Always. The Book of Psalms is filled with many of David’s powerful prayers.
Types and Benefits of Prayer.
The Christians' elevated, empowered, victorious lives are a result of the power of prayer.
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