Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
When you think of super glue holding things together, what do you picture? Possibly you first want to know what we are binding together. Animal, mineral, vegetable…? A physicist might tend to think of forces like electromagnetic or even atomic. Scientific observation and study yielded new progressing thoughts in areas like conservation of energy (including measuring all forms of energy before and after a reaction), electromagnetic interaction studies, the vacuum-inertial speed of light (c) is a constant, kinetic energy is proportional to velocity SQUARED, and finally E=mc2, leading to powerful release of atomic energy. But today we are diving into spiritual power that is “out of this world.”
Are humans actually capable of taking actions that can result in the release of tremendous spiritual power? The answer is YES when we become aligned with God’s desires and purposes; this brings glory and recognition to Him, and it humbles and satisfies us. “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Man’s ability to release God’s power is NOT at all like rubbing a lamp and commanding a genie. Nor is it like chanting “magical words” or expecting consistently dependable and repeatable results from the application of a formula.
There is no substitute for humbly submitting our will to the will of God in prayer in dependence and trust in His written promises. Typically the process of conforming our will to God’s will takes time, commitment to Him, and devotion to prayer. Psalm 37:4 promises, “delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” In the middle of that promise is a spiritual reaction (transformation), a yielding of our spirit to His Spirit, including prayers of praise and thanksgiving where we learn to appreciate Him and His ways more. Philippians 2:13 states “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” When prayer aligns our spirit with His Spirit He can safely grant us the desire of our heart, since our heart has become conformed to His heart.
But this kind of prayer priority places it above the attention of men, with no fanfare or recognition, but with tremendous godly benefits, like the secret prayers of George Mueller which tapped into God’s grace of daily provisioning of the needs of 10,000 orphans in Bristol during his lifetime.
Here are a couple of passages on being devoted to the priority of prayer FIRST and foremost. Romans 12:10-12 (AMP) 10 Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor;11 never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord;12 constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength], Colossians 4:2 Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.
The early church in Acts practiced such corporate devotion to unifying prayer. 120 were united (powerfully held together) in prayer as they awaited Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit- “with one mind, continually devoting themselves to prayer.” Acts 1:14 After seeing the fruit of over 3,000 believers added to their numbers in one day, they also continued devoting themselves to prayer. Acts 2:42 This is the key to doing things God’s way, producing patience to see Him gloriously work as the Head of His body to coordinate our attitudes and actions in accordance with His will at His timing.
What would our churches and our city be like if we repented and put prayer as the top priority in our personal and corporate lives, transforming each church into “a house of prayer for all nations?” – using the super glue of attitudes and actions of love, and first priority of prayer, depending on, and trusting in, God and His promises and provisions. Jesus prayed in John 17 for us to be known in this world by His badge of love, and united (One in Him- powerfully and corporately) as His effective body. “In Him, all things consist” (hold together). Col 1:17 And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.] We know that He reveals and manifests Himself through His Word and through praying together. Better times are ahead!