Influence

January 19, 2011 Donna New

I went to a prayer summit a few years ago and found the notes from it tonight. One thing that was said was “Develop a Life of Influence in Prayer.”  Why would you want to influence someone through prayer? Don’t you influence someone more powerfully by what you say, by your example, by reward and punishment?

Prayer may seem like a small thing to do or even almost a superstition to some. However, “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” Ephesians 6:12 Our battle is spiritual and is fought with spiritual tools like truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation and God’s word.

Then last in this battle chapter Paul talks about prayer. “With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18 Notice his descriptive words…every prayer, at all times, alert, perseverance, all the saints. This is not something to be taken lightly. Prayer is a serious vocation of a believer. It’s something we should be at often, every chance we get.

Our children need the Lord’s influence; our spouses need the Lord’s influence; my nieces and nephews need the Lord’s influence. How will they get that strength to fight the battles they face without our prayer? How will we fight the battle without prayer?

Prayer is a weapon with a warm heart. It’s meant to be wielded in love for the Lord and love for the person prayed for. There’s something about love that Satan is remedial in. Nevertheless prayer is meant to be wielded like a weapon to influence our loved ones and the saints for the cause of good. We have a power in prayer that no talking or action can touch. Because when we pray we have a Father in heaven who hears His child and can’t resist the requests of the apples of His eye.

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Entry Filed under: He is Our Help,Pray Always

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah  |  January 20, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Great reminder. We have available to us such power and so often I am afraid that we leave it until the last thing we do in a situation.

    • 2. purplefacedpansy  |  January 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      Sometimes out of His grace God answers last minute prayers. But usually an answer takes longer to find. He wants us talking to Him all the time. It’s better for us spiritually too.


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