Much Prayer. Much Power.

Dr. David Yonggi Cho, pastor of the world’s largest church with over 1 million in attendance said, “Much prayer, much power; little prayer, little power; no prayer, no power!” In the book Intercessory Prayer Dutch Sheets taught that there are things that God does for us, that would not be done, if we had not prayed.

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature  like ours,  and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain; not on land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit (James 5:16-18).

Whatever your theology, you cannot turn away from reading the Bible without acknowledging that there is a connection between faith-filled prayer and God’s interaction in the affairs of men and nations.

As believers, we should seize God’s promises relevant to our nation’s crisis positions as well. Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

Regardless of what the media tells us, we need God’s intervention in our land. Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”

As Americans, we need to humble ourselves and pray. Arguments never settle things, but prayer changes things. What an awesome responsibility when prayer is taken seriously. Because “the king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” Proverbs 21:1.

Is there any duty in our Christian faith that would be agreed upon, or more required by God, than of prayer?  Will there be any faith found when He comes again? Or is little prayer, little power our true plight?

Lord, in our toughest moments you empower us through prayer. Lighten our darkness as we pray, and save us from the perils in our future days, for its in your mercy we depend. Give us faith that’s resilient and determined to contend.

What are some of the ways that you could recommend for ensuring a successful prayer life?