There is power in prayer, says Evan­ge­list Martin

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shanique Sa­muels Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

THROUGH PRAYER, the chil­dren of God can con­quer all things. That is a proven fact.

Ac­cord­ing to Evan­ge­list John F. K. Martin of the Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Cen­tral Ja­maica Con­fer­ence, prayer is very sa­cred be­cause it is you and God com­mu­ni­cat­ing.

“As a child of God, when you pray, the aim is to get an­swers – so you’re look­ing for re­sults. We must let the bur­den go and look for the re­sult be­cause pray­ing and hold­ing on to the bur­den makes no sense,” he said.

He added that even as we are pray­ing, the en­emy will al­ways try to pre­vent us from pray­ing, but prayer has power, es­pe­cially if you are a be­liever. How­ever, he noted that with­out prayer, the en­emy has vic­tory.

“Matthew 6:9-13 tells us when we pray, we must do so in se­cret to our Fa­ther who is un­seen, and He, who sees in pri­vate will re­ward you. And it lists an ex­am­ple of how we should pray when we seek to rev­er­ence God.”

Hav­ing found him­self in what was a ‘tight’ sit­u­a­tion, Martin shared how he prayed about a par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion and his de­liv­er­ance came im­me­di­ately.

PRAYER IS POWER

“Prayer is power, so when we pray, we must be mind­ful of what we are pray­ing for and we must guard against what many peo­ple call a ‘bad prayer’. But is there is such a thing as a bad prayer?” Martin ref­er­enced the story of Sam­son when he had a mo­ment of prayer talk­ing to God while he was in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion.

“In Judges 16:28, Sam­son prayed for God to give him strength to de­stroy the en­emy and God an­swered his prayer by giv­ing back Sam­son his strength to de­stroy his en­emy. So God does an­swer prayer, but it de­pends on the sit­u­a­tion you are pray­ing about and whether it suits Him. The Bi­ble says the prayer of a right­eous man availeth much and, in this case, He an­swered Sam­son’s prayer be­cause he was a right­eous man. We just need to have faith when we pray,” he ex­plained.

Prayer is like the food we eat. We need it to stay up, to keep up with this life, and we must feel a sense of re­lief when we pray.

“The scrip­ture also tells us to pray one for an­other. Prayer for one an­other is very im­por­tant be­cause, when we pray, some­times things hap­pen im­me­di­ately. The weak­est Chris­tian on his knee pray­ing makes the devil trem­ble, so imag­ine what could hap­pen with all the weak Chris­tians pray­ing at once. Broth­ers and sis­ters there is power in prayer. You just need to be­lieve when you pray” he con­cluded.

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