Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer is an awesome privilege that God has given to us, His people. We are the only people in the world who can pray with absolute confidence that God hears us. We need to understand the privilege and the power of prayer.
As we look around the world today, we see that it is spinning out of control: We see the rise of an extremist army that’s marching through the Middle East and the governments within the Western nations seem unable to decide what they should do about it. We look at these things and wonder what we, as individuals, can do. The thing we can all do is to pray because God is able. Our God is able to do anything, and historically when God wants to do something, He does it in concert with His people praying.
You can look throughout history and find many times where God has intervened and done a great work. But you find that before the work took place, God set His people to pray, and working together with their prayers, those things were accomplished. Whether it’s on the international scene or your own life, you have this wonderful, powerful privilege of prayer. God sets us to praying and then He works as the result of us calling upon Him.