We have often heard prayers that are labeled "powerful". Where is the power of power? Is the power of prayer in the person who prays? Is it the "power" of our prayer that brings answers? Is it the loudness of our voice, the eloquence or the special words and phrases that we use in prayer that bring answers?
The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power of prayer resides in the God who is being prayed to. We might think we must pray passionate, convincing words for God to hear us, but in fact God listens even to our most brief “SOS” prayers.
Prayer is simple, but we make it hard. Prayer is not an opportunity for impressing others; it is not commanding God to act for us. It is a way for us to communicate the needs of our lives and the lives of others humbly to the One who loves us and gave His life for us.
God always answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers may not always be yes but they are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time. When we pray sincerely and purposefully, according to God's will, God responds powerfully!
Prayer is speaking with God. All we should do is to simply ask God for His help. Psalm 107:28-30 reminds us, "Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven." Indeed there is power in prayer!
Let me conclude with Max Lucado's quote: "Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference".