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The Miraculous Power of Prayer

Philip Illsley - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Power of Prayer
'Therefore I say unto you, all things, whatsoever you ask when ye pray,
believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you'. (Mark 11:24)

When we pray my friends we must believe that our prayers will be answered and faith is the answer that we will receive. Whatever we ask for in prayer we have to believe that we will receive. “Ask and believe that you will receive, believe and you will have life through His name" (John 20:31).

Many of us today want the problems and difficulties that we face in our lives resolved in an instant! We spend some time in prayer and our problems are not resolved. Many give up and stop praying, cultivate patience and ask for it, as patience is a Divine virtue (click here for Catholic prayers on patience). If we all knew how patient God is with us, our faith in daily prayer will become more fervent and sincere. Our daily prayer will also become more numerous and miracles will become a part of our daily prayer life.

Many of us today operate by our human nature “I will believe it, when I see it attitude”. God operates by the supernatural, believe it and you will see it! Nothing is impossible to God (Luke 1:37), if our faith and our confidence in Him are great and sincere then God, who can and will do all things, will answer with more than we ask for, but in His own time. God knows us better than we know ourselves because He created us all in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). He knows and He sees everything, that is why He will only give us what is good for us. Our faith can move mountains (Mathew 17:20), so ask with Faith and you will receive (Matthew 7:7-8).

Pray from the heart my friends and pray with faith. Do not just repeat words as the prayer is empty, be sincere and think about what you are saying and whom you are addressing in prayer. Then the miracles will happen.

Hebrews 11:6 - 'And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.'

Hebrews 10:22 - 'let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.'

James 1:5-8 - 'If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord.

Philip Illsley

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