COMMENTARY

A life of prayer is a life of power

Guest columnistJuly 11, 2014 

Bill Virgin

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The degree of power in our life is a direct reflection of our prayer life and habits. If you find weakness and fatigue in your faith, then you can be sure that you are weak and impotent in prayer. The deeper our intimacy with God, the stronger our prayer life will be.

Deuteronomy 4:29 says, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Our prayer life is strengthened as we get to know Him experientially and understand who He is. In times of spiritual dryness, we need to be saturated in God. In Topeka, Kan., just before Christmas of 1900, Charles F. Parham instructed the forty students at Bethel College to study the scriptures, to determine what would be considered the New Testament evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which they did. Then these students began to pray fervently that they might experience this same New Testament experience.

Clare Davis in her book, “The Move of God,” writes of this experience. On the watch-night of 1901, they had a hallowed time of prayer for God’s blessings to be upon them in the coming year. During the first day of 1901, the Spirit of the Lord was with them in a marked way, stilling hearts to wait upon Him for greater things. The spirit of prayer was upon them in the evening, and about 11 p.m., one of the students, Agnes Ozman, asked for prayer that she might receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

As the students laid hands on her, she began to be filled with more of God. She later stated, “I had the added joy that my heart longed for and a depth of the presence of the Lord within, that I never knew before. It was as if rivers of living water were proceeding from my innermost being.”

Days later, Parham himself and soon all of the students received the Holy Spirit. The news spread quickly and many people were filled with this wonderful outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Parham went to Houston and began to teach this Book of Acts experience.

God wants every believer to hunger for more of Him. Just as these students desired to experience the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit, you and I need to come to that same place of hunger for more of God. The apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy, saying, “I desire therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting,” (I Tim. 2:8). This isn’t for a select few, but for every believer. God wants all Christians to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit so they can pray effective prayers.

God has so much more for each of His children. He doesn’t want you to go through life verily getting through with powerless prayers, but being filled with the life changing power of the Holy Spirit. We need to make powerful prayer a way of life. It’s our life source and spiritual umbilical cord.

What’s holding you back today? I encourage you to take time out of your busy schedule and pray, asking God to give you everything He has for you. There’s great power in prayer.

 

Bill Virgin is the Senior Pastor of Christian Life Center in Lee’s Summit. Follow his blogs at www.billvirgin.com.

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