The Possibilities of Prayer

What is prayer to you? Is it something that you fall back on when times get tough? Is it something you go to when there is a need and you don't know how to fix it? Prayer is meant to be something far more. Prayer is, in its deepest sense, communication with the God of Heaven.

Recently I was made aware of a verse that I've read many times and have even preached. The intellectual awareness was there, but the profoundness was missing. Consider this--Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us--Ephesians 3:20.

Someone gave me a paper with the verse written slightly different. It appeared in pyramid form.


                                                                 ASK
                                                         ALL that we ask
                                               All that we ask or THINK
                                           ABOVE
all that we ask or think
                                ABUNDANTLY above all that we ask or think
                         EXCEEDING abundantly above all that we ask or think
                  ABLE to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.

Depending which word you choose to accent, the meaning is different and is also multiplied by the pyramid.

God knows my heart, and I'm truly seeking revival for my own life, my family, my church, my community, my country. Our church has been praying for several years for a real movement of the Holy Spirit in our town. Not only does this verse speak of our great God, but it is also a promise to be claimed. Prayer is one thing. Claiming what God has already said and making it part of one's own life is quite another. We have prayed the prayer, but today I claim revival for my church and town. it's as good as done.

I believe it was E. M. Bounds who said, "Nothing exists beyond the possibilities of prayer, that exists within the will of God." Is it God's will for HIs church to be revived? Absolutely! Does He wish to save the sinner? Most definitely! Can He? He "...is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think...." We can ask exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think because He is able.

We can't begin to realize all that God could do or wants to do. For Him, it's a very small thing to send His Spirit in power on a town. It's a very small thing for Him to bring conviction to this country. He turned the hearts of the nation of Israel back to Him and God can certainly do the same thing for the USA.

Let's allow God to work His work. Don't hold anything back from Him, but give yourself wholeheartedly to Him. He wants to accomplish in and through you so much more than you could ever imagine.



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mcwriter 6 years ago from Lawton. Oklahoma

Yes, lifegate your article touches on something profound. Indeed the best time to make friends is when the going is good and not wait to make friends with God during times of difficulties.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & beautiful! Amen and Amen - Let go and let God...


johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Yes! Yes! Yes! Great hub! I just experienced Ephesians 3:20 last night!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

MC, You're absolutely right!

Samsons, The only way to go is to let go. I learned that the hard way. Actually, I'm still learning it.

Johnny, Glad you could experience it for yourself. Our God truly is great!


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ama83 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

Thank you for reminding me of the power of prayer, lifegate. I needed this today :)

And, I agree that we should not just look to God in times of need. We should communicate with Him always.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A wonderful lesson on the real meaning of prayer. Thank you lifegate for this meaningful hub.

Forever His,


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

ama, Thanks. I needed to be reminded of it too.

RevLady, Thanks for stopping by. It's always a blessing to hear from you.


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rhondaroo 6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Standing with you rivival for your town, your church, as well as mine, this nation, a friend and I were at lunch the other day as we were driving to the restaurant I heard this fascinating question from the D.J. on the radio she asked Is prayer your stearing wheel or is it your spare tire? Wow Lord I really needed to hear that and I needed to read it as well. Thank you.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Rhondaroo,

That was a smart D.J. you were listening to.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Awesome! Exceedingly abundantly awesome! AMEN!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks, Fred. He's an awesome God.


His daughter 6 years ago

My communication with God is vital in my life....to hear His voice so much more my desire than to express mine.,,which requires listening on my part.

Loved the pyramid.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub, great lessons about prayer. Truly we should never never stop from praying for the revival of our churches. Prayer is the true source of power in a believer's life. Thank you for sharing these precious and timely truths. Blessings to you ans regards.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

lifegate, from a young age I remember embracing 1Thessalonians 5:17 'Pray without ceasing." I now find myself talking to the Lord all the time, even when I am driving, working, even on the soccer field. And I find I am not asking Him for anything but rather - thanking Him for everything; constantly letting Him know I am happy and content, satisfied with my life no matter how the bills pile up, no matter how difficult or painful life becomes; He is all in all. "Rejoice evermore." Peace


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

His daughter,

I agree. Listening is more important and that is probably one reason why lives are so messed up these days. Thanks for stopping by.

Cristina,

Yes, we must continue to seek His face even though the promise already exists. Keep on keeping on!

AM,

What a great attitude! If we all followed your example, revival would be everywhere. Thanks for sharing!


tinamarie9884 6 years ago

Great hub, I know for myself, I am always talking and praying to GOD, I do not care what I am doing, Whether my life is in order or slightly off, it is always about GOD.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TM,

It's great to hear that. Thanks for stopping by!


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Eunice Stuhlhofer 5 years ago

Reading your hub reminded me that i am praying for revival in my life, family, friends and country. Thru´prayer we have the tool to touch the throne of God and he will answer us. Blessings on your journey and may revival come in Jesus´name.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Eunice,

I've been encouraging anyone that is truly seeking revival to get involved with the Great American Fast. You can read more about it at my website, www.thegreatamericanfast.org. Please check it out and if you feel so led, please sign up. Even if you're not living in America, it would still be a blessing to have you be a part. Thanks!

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