The Power of Prayer

Read: Luke 8:40-42; Luke 8:49-56; Acts 9:36-43; SOAP: Acts 9:40

Prayer’s power adds to the depth of its importance. We must not be afraid of it nor negligent to use it. We must not use it for show but for the good of others, our own cares and needs, and always for the Glory of God. ๐Ÿ’œ Mefromtheinsideout-

40 (But Peter sent them all outside), knelt down, and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, โ€œTabitha, get up.โ€ (Then) she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Acts 9:40

Peter wasn’t ministering for ‘show’, but in private set about the example he had undoubtedly witnessed in Jesus. He started by sending the crowd away, then – perhaps to refocus or simply the customary outward posture of prayer he “knelt down”. This was a physical way of attributing ‘lordship’ to another person, in this situation the one to whom he prayed. I must admit, while many people still make a habit of kneeling today, many more don’t – including myself. This doesn’t mean I am not attributing lordship to Jesus or God when I pray but simply that for me this is done from a posture of the heart. Notice that it was only after Peter had dispersed the crowd, knelt down, and prayed that he spoke to the dead women. Because he did, she rose from her dead condition. We must not miss what followed – Peter presented her alive to the people and because of this many believed in the Lord. Clearly, when we start with the Lord in focus, surrender, and prayer the outcome will be blessed. Obviously, he had learned much from his time with Jesus and was putting it into practice and in return he was seeing the power of prayer played out – not just him but all those who witnessed what had happened. We too can learn much from watching Jesus – the way He lived, loved, and worked/served. May we prioritize as Peter did, not for show but for the sake of others, and in this may God be glorified.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:13

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