The Power of Prayer

Psalm 66:20  Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!

We’ve often heard testimonies given of miracles that have taken place in the lives of those who tell them.  On many of those occasions, the recipient of the miracle gives credit to “the power of prayer”.  The question is: Is this putting us in the place of God? Are we, if only in a veiled way, taking the credit for the miracle because we prayed for it?

Just to be clear, prayer is in fact quite powerful for those who believe (James 5:16).  There are many instances throughout the Bible in which we are called to pray, with faith.  The issue is not the effectiveness of praying, rather it’s about who gets the credit after the prayer has been answered.

We must recognize that when a prayer is answered it is because God chose to respond with favor.  The sovereign Lord is the one who decides what is right for us.  It’s not the act of prayer itself that has granted us what we desire.  It’s not we who have manifested this miracle.  The real power is God’s.