How to Pray With Power

How to Pray With Power

As Christians, prayer can be one of the most powerful resources we have. The Bible is full of stories where men and women prayed to God and He answered them with power.

In 2 Kings 1, Elijah prays for God to show up in a powerful way. Elijah says, “If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven…” When Elijah prayed this, God answered with fire from Heaven. This is how our prayer life should be.

We should be confident that God will answer our prayers, and His answer will be powerful.

If we truly believe that God is all-powerful, we should expect powerful answers to our prayers. God’s response is usually in-line with how we pray. If we pray weak prayers, God won’t answer with His power. 

Some people will tell you that there’s no wrong way to pray. The disciples asked Jesus how to pray, and Jesus answered them. He taught them how they ought to pray. 

That shows us that there’s a right and wrong way to pray. There is a way to pray that’s effective and powerful, and there is an ineffective way to pray.

In this post, we’ll share some tips and truths from the Bible that will help you pray with power.

Read and know the Bible

There is one thing that produces faith in us. 

Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. If we have no faith, it’s going to be impossible to pray with power. 

Hebrews 11:16 tells us that without faith it’s impossible to please God. The verse continues, explaining that we must believe God is who He says He is, and that God is a rewarder of people who diligently seek Him.

The Bible teaches us who God is, how we should interact with God. It shows us who we are as Believers, and so much more. Having a good understanding of these Biblical truths helps us pray bold, confident prayers. 

Reading the Bible also produces faith within us. We’ll read countless stories about God’s power and faithfulness. Those will help us believe and trust God. You should aim to read the Bible for 10-15 minutes every day.

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
John 15:7 ESV

John 15:7

James 5:16 tells us that “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

First, we should notice that there is effective prayer, which means there is also ineffective prayer. There is powerful prayer, and weak prayer.

Fervent prayer is effective and powerful. 

The words effective and fervent are one word in the Greek: energeó.

Energeó means to be at work, to bring something from one point to another. It can also describe an electric current traveling through a cord. The fervent, effective prayer means that something is happening. Our prayer should be moving things from one place to another. There should be electric energy in our prayer life!

John 15:7 makes a connection between God’s Word abiding in us and effective prayer.

Jesus explains that when His Word is abiding within us, our prayers will be answered. In short, knowing the Bible and having God’s Word in our heart is one element that makes our prayer life more powerful and effective.

Pray out loud

The second key to praying with power is praying out loud.

The Bible says that the power of life and death are in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). 

Not in the power of our thoughts, or actions, but our words. There is a time and place for silent prayers, and waiting on God to speak. There is also a need for us to pray our loud with bold, declarative prayers. 

In James, he says that our words are like a rudder that steers our life. The words we speak are powerful. Our words dictate the direction that our life moves in. If you want to see your prayers to powerfully shift things in your life, then you need to pray out loud.

Jesus told His disciples, “when you pray, say...”

We need to say things out loud when we pray with power. We can’t just think about praying, we need to speak out loud. If you’re not used to praying out loud, this can be uncomfortable, but it will get easier when you practice.

Jesus also said that we can speak directly to our problems, and our prayer will be answered.

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”
Mark 11:23 NIV

There is a clear connection between the words that come out of our mouth and the physical results we see.

Combining prayer and fasting is also a great way to increase the power and authority of your prayers.

Psalm 69:30

Listen to worship music

A powerful prayer life goes hand-in-hand with powerful worship music. Throughout the book of Acts, we can see examples of worship and prayer shaking the ground.

Worshipping and praying helps us stay connected to God and unlocks the power of prayer in our life.

“I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.”
Psalm 69:30 NKJV

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”
Acts 4:31 NIV

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”
Acts 16:25-26 NIV

Praise and worship magnifies God. 

Magnifying God doesn’t make God any bigger. God can’t possibly be any bigger than He already is. Magnifying God with praise and worship gives us the proper perspective of God’s character. Just like holding a magnifying glass doesn’t change the size of an object, but it appears larger and we can see details that were previously hidden.

Our praise and worship helps us see how big God is in comparison to everything else in our life. Listening to worship music will increase your faith, magnify God, and give you the confidence you need to pray powerfully.

Speak the Word of God

God’s Word has power- whether it’s God Himself speaking it, or us speaking it.

Do you know what the Word of God says? Throughout the Bible, God says that He has put His word in the mouths of men and women. When they speak the Word of God, it has a powerful effect on the world around them.

Since God made us in His image, the words we speak have power. When we speak what God has said, we will see the powerful effect in our life.

“For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”
Luke 21:15 NIV

“For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
Matthew 10:20 NASB


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