Prayer that works. How should one pray?
Are you a believer? I mean are you a believer in the power of prayer? Do you know, down deep in your soul, that prayer is real and that prayer works? For the majority of my life I was a half-hearted prayer warrior.
For much of my life I didn’t know that In and through prayer miracles happen. That In and through prayer the sick can be healed. That In and through prayer the demonic MUST flee. When praying in the name of Jesus there are no limits as to what the God will do.
We Christians have known this ever since the beginning of our faith 2000 years ago. Jesus taught us that when He was with us. It says it so eloquently in the bible and our pastors remind us often. Yes, as Christians we believe that prayer works. We believe it is real
Do we believe in prayer enough today? Do you believe in prayer enough? Do I believe in prayer enough? What is the best way to pray? Is there a right or wrong way to pray?
Jesus taught us how to pray by example, telling us to pray with a humble and thankful heart. Jesus prayed continually to his heavenly Father throughout the day. Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:9-13 the correct way to pray, when He taught us the Lord’s Prayer.
Pray with a humble heart. From the bottom of your heart. Emptying your heart. We need to pray often. In fact more often than often.
For most of the last two thousand years we have been praying, asking and receiving. But even the greatest of prayer warriors need to come back to the basics once in a while and receive confirmation and encouragement. I invite you to watch and listen to the following video. It is a biblically based model for “How to Pray”.
We can count so many blessings for today, if we take the time to look for them. Science is starting to find out what we have known for such a long time. Here a few quotes from a scientific journal that I came across researching this powerful topic.
Scientific Research of Prayer: Can the Power of Prayer Be Proven?
(Excerpts taken) By Debra Williams, D.D.
Throughout time, the power of prayer has been questioned by science. The analytical mind of the scientist calls for proof of the existence of a higher being. These scientists, both the faithful and nonbelievers alike, have produced studies into the affects of prayer on our physical as well as spiritual well being. Although most of us, who possess the belief that prayer can and does work, do not require physical, quantitative proof of the power of prayer, it is interesting to read the results of these studies.
Was a scientific study of prayer and its effect on heart patients done?
One of the most quoted scientific studies of prayer was done between August of 1982 and May of 1983. 393 patients in the San Francisco General Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit participated in a double blind study to assess the therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer. Patients were randomly selected by computer to either receive or not receive intercessory prayer. All participants in the study, including patients, doctors, and the conductor of the study himself remained blind throughout the study, To guard against biasing the study, the patients were not contacted again after it was decided which group would be prayed for, and which group would not.
It was assumed that although the patients in the control group would not be prayed for by the participants in the study, that others-family members, friends etc., would likely pray for the health of at least some of the members of the control group. There was no control over this factor. Meanwhile all of the members of the group that received prayer would be prayed for by not only those associated with the study, but by others as well.
The results of the study are not surprising to those of us who believe in the power of prayer. The patients who had received prayer as a part of the study were healthier than those who had not. The prayed for group had less need of having CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) performed and less need for the use of mechanical ventilators. They had a diminished necessity for diuretics and antibiotics, less occurrences of pulmonary edema, and fewer deaths. Taking all factors into consideration, these results can only be attributed to the power of prayer.
How does prayer effect people who lack health care?
In the Essence Magazine May 1997 issue, Allison Abner writes that African-Americans have historically turned to faith in times of illness and other crises. She cited Luisah Teish who states: “Because of limited access to quality health care and our distrust of the medical establishment we have occasionally relied on spiritual healing through such practices as prayer and the laying on of hands, Most of us, at some time have used prayer chanting or proverbs as ways to guide, direct, and heal ourselves.” “Now,” states Allison, “Our beliefs are being backed by medical research,” Science is setting out to prove what most of the faithful already know–prayer does work
Does prayer effect plant seeds?
In a study on germinating seeds done by Dr. Franklin Loehr, a Presbyterian minister and scientist, the objective was to see in a controlled experiment what effect prayer had over living and seemingly non-living matter. In one experiment they took three pans of various types of seeds. One was the control pan. One pan received positive prayer, and the other received negative prayer. Time after time, the results indicated that prayer helped speed germination and produced more vigorous plants. Prayers of negation actually halted germination in some plants and suppressed growth in others.
In another experiment two bottles of spring water were purchased. One container was used as a control, receiving no prayer; a group prayed for the second. The water was then used on pans of corn seeds layered in cotton, with one pan receiving the prayer water and the other receiving the control water. The pan receiving the prayer water sprouted a day earlier than seeds in the other pan. The prayer seeds had a higher germination and growth rate. The experiment was repeated with the same result each time.
And we pray to the most Holy. The creator. The most powerful name in all the universe. A prayer said in Jesus name from the heart and spoken through the mouth of a true believer can and will move mountains.
Believe and pray unceasingly!
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Ephesians 1:19 And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.
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