Power of Prayer

As I was reading the other day, I noticed something. In Genesis 6:13 God tells Noah that all the world is violent and that He is going to destroy it. Then God gives Noah instructions on what to do to save himself and his family. Noah follows God’s instruction and all the world perishes except for Noah and his family. This made me think about Abraham. In Genesis 18 God tells Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah is so wicked that He must destroy it. Abraham begs and pleads for God not to destroy the righteous with the wicked. God relents and allows Lot and his family to escape. Now I jumped ahead to Moses (Exodus 32) Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments when God tells him that the Israelites have made a gold calf and our worshipping it. God makes the same promise He made to Noah. He will destroy them and then build the Israelites back using Moses. Moses pleads with God not to do this and to forgive them. God listens and the people are saved.

So now I’m thinking of James 5:16 (The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.) Paul also believed in the power of prayers look at Philippians 1:19, (for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance) 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. his is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.) and Philemon 1:22 (Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.)

The point I’m getting to is that when we do like Abraham and Moses God hears our prayers and will answer them. So pray for those who need help, encouragement, strength, but most of all pray for those that need to know Jesus.

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