The Power of Prayer

The Importance of Prayer, AN LGG STUDY – w2d3

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. 💜 Mefromtheinsideout-

40 (But Peter sent them all outside), knelt down, and prayed. (Turning to the body), he said, “Tabitha, get up.” (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 he followed the example he had undoubtedly witnessed in Jesus, including going when and where he knew he was being called, to do what he had been sent to do. Because Peter knew he needed to pray to the one who could truly heal 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, or in this situation – the God to whom he prayed. I must admit, while many people still make a habit of kneeling today, many more don’t – including myself, at least not all the time. This doesn’t mean I am not attributing lordship to Jesus or God when I pray but simply that for me, most often, 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 boldly used the authority Christ had given the disciples and spoke to the dead woman. 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, v. 41-42 . Clearly, when we start with the Lord as our focus, when we surrender to His lordship, and pray (then) 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 – and 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.

He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive. The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.

Acts 9:41-42
Applying our SOAP passage (Acts 9:40) might look like this …
  • Be obedient to God’s calling on your life: to live and love like Jesus (John 13:34)
    • Peter was there because he had been surrendered to the call on his life (38-39)
      • One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Luke 9:1-2
  • Like Peter (40) – Be bold and faithful in using the authority God has given us (Romans 1:16; 2 Peter 1:3-4)
  • When you are distracted in ministering or in prayer – send the distraction “outside”. (Matt 16:23)
  • Be intentional and set your mind on the things of God and not the things of man. (Colossians 3:2)
  • Don’t get caught up on what “was”, and cause yourself to miss the beauty of what might be – in this case –> God’s power to heal and raise the dead. (Acts 9:39-40)
  • Don’t be a distraction to others who are seeking to focus on God or to do His work (Matt. 16:23)

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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