Greeting from Africa. Many people have misconceptions about having powerful prayers.


"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much" (James 5:16).

By Bishop Pride Sibiya

Some think a powerful prayer is that which is said out with a loud voice bellowing and shouting. That is very very important, pray as loud as you can if you feel that helps you because it does help you!

Some think you have to run around and jump while some think you have to use a host of theological jargon like, “Almighty God, transcendent and immanent, omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, the uncaused causer and immanent, unmoved mover, the uncreated Creator, ancient of days ...”
Praying Powerful Prayers: Bishop Pride Sibiya
Praying Powerful Prayers: Bishop Pride Sibiya

When they hear a brother with a hoarse voice they say, “He is a prayer warrior”. These are misconceptions of prayer and I must be quick in addressing this. Emotions, body language, and others are all very important in prayer because prayer is not only confined to your spirit but also includes your body and soul. After all,, what is wrong with using your body and energy to manifest the godly emotions and affection you have towards God? 

Do all you want in prayer. Jumping around and walking or running, lying down, kneeling or squatting is all-good in different forms of prayer (e.g. warfare, intercession, praise, petitions, etc), and I encourage these, but they do not form the basis of powerful prayer.

Powerful prayer is that which is ordered by the Spirit: "And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words." (Romans 8:26). When you submit yourself to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to pray through you, then that is a powerful prayer. It is from a clean heart, made in faith and even angels participate in such a prayer (Revelation 8:3-5). 

Such prayer can change heaven’s plans! Because of Israel’s sin, God at many times wanted to destroy them but Moses would intercede and God would repent of His plans (e.g. Numbers 11:1-3). When we say God does not change we mean his attributes and character, not his plans and thoughts. In Isaiah 38, God had processed Hezekiah’s “visa” for him to exit this world, to die. He prayed to God and God responded:

“I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life” (Isaiah 38:5) Elijah, a man like us prayed and changed geography and its rainfall patterns. (James 5:17-18).

I encourage you to call on the Lord and He will hear you!

God bless you.

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