The Power of Prayer

Then Samson prayed to the Lord , “Sovereign Lord , remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more”

Judges 16:28

The Power of Prayer

The bible is full of truths about how powerful prayer is.  Our lives are full of instances where prayer has changed everything.  

God listens to us just as much today as he did to Daniel or Joseph in the old testament. 

When Daniel prayed for guidance with the king’s dream, God provided. When Joseph prayed for patience and wisdom, God provided. When Sampson prayed for strength once more, God provided.

We could go on and on about how God listens to our prayers.

Why is it so hard to ask God for help?  

We know that he listens.  We know that he loves us. We know that he gives us whatever we ask for in his son’s name..

So why do we struggle to ask for help?

Partly because we are his children, and he did say that he built us in the likeness of him.  So that means that we are everything he says about himself too.  

When he says I am a proud God, or I am a just God we have those same characteristics too.

I’m not saying we are as good as God, or that we are God. I’m simply saying that he created us in his likeness, so we have some of those same traits.  

Much the same way we hold some of the same traits from our biological parents.

Anyways let’s get back to Sampson.

His wife, Delila was offered some silver, we don’t know exactly how much because we don’t know how many rulers there were in Philistines at that time. But they offered her silver in today’s value of $10,596 each to get her husband’s secret to his strength.

That was a load of Silver!

After many tries Sampson finally told her the real secret to his power.

She cut his hair that night and the Lord left him, but he didn’t lose his faith.

They bound him, gouged out his eyes and hauled him off to prison to grind flour with a stone.  

The Philistines were so proud that they caught Sampson. They all requested that he be brought out of prison to “perform” for them.  

There were over 3000 people watching him perform, when he asked one of them to lean him up against the pillars.

They did, and Sampson Prayed.

“Sovereign Lord , remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more”

The Lord granted his request and Sampson used his strength to push down the pillars that supported the whole building and it came crashing down killing over 3000 people. 

The whole point of this is that prayer is powerful, as long as it comes from the heart.  

So today we want to encourage everyone to pray often, and most of importantly pray with your heart, not your mind.

God knows the difference.

Prayer

Lord, God almighty. You are amazing. You give us so much more than we ever could have imagined. You bless us beyond belief every day.  We are grateful that you take time to hear us when we pray.  You look out for us even when we aren’t looking out for ourselves.  We are thankful that you made us in your image. God, today we come to you today with open hearts to ask you to help those around us. Help those who might not know you as well as we do.  Help us to know you better tomorrow than we do today. God we are so thankful for the opportunities that you place in our lives and the people you introduce us to.  We are grateful for the truths that you give us throughout the bible that give us the reassurance we need and the wisdom to move forward every day. God today we simply want to say THANK YOU for LISTENING to our prayers.

We ask all these things in Jesus’s name.

Amen

Will you pray with us?

Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation

All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel

For all military personal serving our country and their families

Those in Leadership positions throughout the world