The Power of Prayer

Suddenly life can take a major turn! As an Intercessor, I often had an appointment with the Lord. It was not because I was so holy. It was out of desperation to see my life change. Prayer had been and still is my lifeline, my sustenance, my daily bread.  The Lord taught me an important lesson on intercession one day on a school playground. I happened to have playground duty as a substitute teacher.   A few years ago merry-go-rounds were still allowed on school playgrounds. I watched the children play on it, as the Lord began to speak to me about life’s circumstances and the power of prayer to turn things around.

The merry-go-round was spinning clockwise at a very fast rate, when one of the children riding on it began to drag his foot on the ground slowing its momentum. He continued to do so until it almost stopped. He then jumped off, grabbed a hand rail and began to spin it in the opposite direction, counter clockwise.  As I watched the children, the Lord spoke to me. He said, “Prayer is like dragging your foot against the spinning momentum of adverse circumstances. Your prayers begin to slow them down. As you continue praying, the direction your life has been taking can be totally turned around. Your prayers are making a difference.”

I look back on that experience and realize the power of it, learning a life lesson I will never forget. From that point on, the Lord became my teacher, leading me to lesson after lesson on effectual intercession. Each victory in prayer encouraged me in my journey with Him toward the destination of bringing heaven’s will into my life  and the lives of those dear to me.

Effectual, targeted prayer should be a focused goal of Intercessors who desperately want to see the Lord’s will manifest in their circumstances. Too often, problems, troubles, and trials sidetrack us as we focus on them, becoming possessed by them.  The Lord wants to hear our problems and fears. Prayer is a lifeline.

Psalms 3:1-4 “Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me. ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.” NIV   

Regina Shank
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