Most bikers understand the significance of a tiny bell hanging below the carriage of a motorcycle. Bikers who use them believe that this will keep them safe on the road. This devotional is about prayer, More Than Bells. We have the power, through a relationship with Almighty God, to affect the lives of ourselves and others as we intercede before the throne. When we pray, the heavenly Father hears and answers.
In order for your prayers to be effective, you must know and believe who you are, understanding that your power lies, not within yourself, but with your relationship with God … the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Romans 4:17 states that Abraham was given the title of the Father of All Nations by God because he believed in the “God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” (NIV) Romans 10:9,10 adds that “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” It is the understanding of who you are as a child of God, which gives wings to your prayers. The following pages will focus on your individual place as a believer, and the power that brings, as you offer up effective, fervent prayers for yourself and for those whom God has placed on your heart. Are the following statements true of you?
My Prayers Are Powerful and Effective
Straight Line to God
Often, when I am traveling around at a secular rally, people approach me to ask for prayer. I’ve often rebuffed their comment that I have a direct line to heaven and therefore God, explaining that anyone can pray. But if I believe that the Bible is true, and I do, then I have to believe that this unbelieving person is right. He doesn’t know why or what to do about it, unless I explain the path to salvation to him, but he does know that the prayers of a righteous man … or woman …. availed much.
In 2 Corinthians 5:21, we read, “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” This verse means that if we believe in Jesus, we can become the righteousness of God and God hears the righteous. Jesus becomes our intercessor … our lawyer … before God once we have asked Him into our heart. So we do, in fact, have a direct line to God.
But do we live like it? How often do we walk through life and try to put our own muscle on our prayers instead of invoking the name of Jesus? Or for the matter, how often do we forget to even talk to Him at all?
Right now, over the internet and elsewhere, prayers are being lifted for the people devastated by this horrendous storm that’s just hit the eastern seaboard. How many of those prayers come from unbelieving people who only acknowledge God during a disaster? Does He hear them? Yes, of course, He does but He doesn’t have to answer. It’s the prayer of a righteous man whom God hears and answers. So that behooves those of us who are Christ followers to pray more fervently and regularly.
As Christians, our voices need to be lifted as intercessors for those who do not know Jesus and not just to fix their problems … turn their electricity on, feed them, clothe them, supply a home for them, or any of those very necessary requests. We must pray that God has gotten their attention and that they will do something about it. We must pray for their salvation.
This storm’s damage destroyed more in one night than Katrina did. The struggling economy of the United States will take another hit and insurance rates will escalate due to the damage claims paid out. The storm did not affect just those living in the area. Its effects will be far-reaching and long lived. Prayer is all we have and we Christians need to feel compelled to pray daily, for a long time, asking God to intervene.
Do you believe that you are the Righteous of God, His Holy vessels? Believe it, and then live like it.