“The Power of Prayer and Action” - Monday, October 24, 2016 - submitted by Dianne Prince
If this world is to change, we must meet immorality head on. If things are to get better in our society, we must invoke our presence in changing the moral compass. If humanity is to be transformed, we must take on the world by force, and we must take it on in the power of God. How? We take it on through prayer—intercessory prayer, consistent prayer, daily prayer, and fervent prayer.
If the world is to change, not only must we pray, but we must solicit the prayers of those who know and believe in the power of prayer. We must solicit prayers from the old, the young, and from everyone in between. We must solicit people to pray in the quiet morning hours, at noon when the world is bustling with activities, and in the still of the night while many are sleeping.
I am reminded of Moses at the Red Sea, taking on evil by the power of God, Daniel in the lion’s den, taking on wickedness in the power of God, Deborah, leading Barak’s army into battle, and Esther going before the king declaring “if I perish, I perish, I am going to see the king.” They all took on iniquity in the power of God. How? They did it through prayer, through faith, and through action.
In addition to praying, we must get the word out more effectively about the saving power of Jesus. As children of God, we can no longer wait for the world to come to the church. We have got to go out to the streets, to the neighborhoods, to the bars, and to the night clubs and preach Jesus—crucified, dead, buried, and resurrected.
The time has come for us to be active and aggressive in carrying the gospel to those who have not received it. It is not enough to live among the world. We have to dust off our Bibles, roll up our sleeves and go out to the highways and hedges and compel men to come. How? We do it through prayer and action.
The Lord rejoices not in the earthly comforts we have obtained; nor, does He rejoice in the earthly successes we have achieved. But, He rejoices in the salvation of the souls we have led to Him.
Jesus took on evil over 2000 years ago. When we were dead in our sins, He sent His only son to save us, to redeem us, to justify us, and to pay the price for our sins. When he arose from the grave, He arose with more power in the palm of His hand than any enemy on this earth. He has made that same power available to us as we take on our enemies and our foes. How? We take them on through prayer and through action.
The Word of God says, we must step into action when it looks like evil is flourishing, when it appears the enemy is winning, it seems sinners are victorious, and even when it seems as if good is taking a back seat to bad, Jesus tells us to cry out to Him in the midst of what we see and He will deliver us from our distress.
Today’s challenge is for you to begin praying for the tearing down of immorality in your immediate circle. What should you pray? Pray, “Father, please deliver <name> from the control and manipulation of the enemy over his mind and body. Break the chains of bondage. Set him free from all the consequences of his bad choices. Place him on a road to righteous living in Jesus name, Amen.”
Know today that immorality will reign for a season, but as you pray for those in your circle, it will be cut off, cut down, eradicated, and totally destroyed. However, until God quiets the waters and calms the sea, keep praying. Keep trusting. The world will not be victorious. It can and will be defeated through prayer, by the power of God.