Prayer can be a powerful tool—for healing, for guarding against darkness, and for strengthening our relationships with God. But can just anyone be capable of powerful prayer? How can we experience the advantages of God’s authority by drawing closer to Him through prayer?
Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning.
1. Can you think of a time when your relationship to someone with authority has allowed you unique benefits? What was that like?
2. Is there someone in your life that you feel has especially powerful prayers? If so, how has that influenced you?
3. Read John 14:12-14. This week we learned that the power of our prayers grows in correlation to our deepening relationship with God, as what we ask becomes more in sync with His will. How are you currently deepening your relationship with God?
4. Read John 15:7-8. Jesus says there is a power-sharing relationship He invites His followers into, but the power is given to those who know Him and have His interest at heart. Can you think of a time when you asked God for something that didn’t actually represent His character? What came of that request?
5. What does it mean to you to know that in relationship with Jesus, you have authority—even when faced with dark forces?
6. Prayer can be about developing our relationship with God, expressing our trust, and becoming more in sync with Him, but it doesn’t always lead to us getting what we’ve asked for. Can you think of a time you prayed for something that you didn’t end up getting? How did you deal with that?
7. Prayer can drive out darkness and bring healing, but it also brings relationship. If you don’t already have a relationship with Jesus, this week, consider exploring what it would mean to be a daughter or son of the most high King and given authority through Him. You need only pray to Him and accept His invitation (Romans 10:9-10). If you already have a relationship with Jesus, this week, explore how you can deepen your relationship with Jesus through prayer, becoming more in sync with His will and sharing in His authority.
John 14:12-14 – Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
John 15:7-8 – If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Romans 10:9-10 – If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved.
As you look to dig deeper into the topics of this week’s message, consider praying this powerful prayer before bed, originally presented by RansomedHeart.com and Neil T. Anderson through Freedom in Christ Ministries.
Bedtime Prayer Thank You, Lord, that You have brought me into Your family and have blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Thank You for this time of renewal and refreshment through sleep. I accept it as one of Your blessings for Your children, and I trust You to guard my mind and my body during my sleep.
As I have thought about You and Your truth during the day, I choose to let those good thoughts continue in my mind while I am asleep. I commit myself to You for Your protection against every attempt of [the enemy] to attack me during sleep. Guard my mind from nightmares. I renounce all fear and cast every anxiety upon You, Lord. I commit myself to You as my rock, my fortress and my strong tower. May Your peace be upon this place of rest. In the strong name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
For more prayers like this one, including ones for your home and for daily prayer, visit ransomedheart.com/prayer or check out A Warriors Prayerbook for Spiritual Warfare by Kathryn McBride.
Additionally, if you prayed and asked Jesus into your heart, we’d love to celebrate that with you and give you some great resources. Head to our Connect Spot or send us a note on a Connect Card. Also, a great next step for you would be baptism. Head to gatewaychurch.com/baptism for more info.
SPIRITUAL OUTCOMES— gatewaychurch.com/spiritual_outcomes/spiritual-disciplines