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Connecting through Prayer: Prayer is Partnering with God

It is well within God's power and prerogative to do anything He wishes, at any time He wishes, in any way He wishes. Yet He chooses to accomplish His will largely through people like you and me.

Thomas E. Trask, former General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, often has said, “Prayer is what moves the hand of God.” John Wesley stated this idea similarly: “God does nothing except in answer to prayer.” Prince Guneratnam, former general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Malaysia, when asked why we need to pray since God already knows what we need, replied, “Prayer grants God the moral right to intervene in the affairs of man.” Prayer is vitally linked to the outworking of God’s kingdom purposes in our lives and in our world.

Of course, it is well within God’s power and prerogative to do anything He wishes, at any time He wishes, in any way He wishes. Yet, He chooses to accomplish His will and purpose largely through human agency, through people like you and me. And much of the outworking of His purpose has been and continues to be initiated, energized, lubricated, implemented, and empowered by the prayers of millions of believers, past and present. Prayer releases God’s power and moves Him to accomplish what we could never do on our own.

Yet prayer is not manipulation; it is collaboration. We cannot manipulate God to do anything; but we are privileged to collaborate or partner with Him to accomplish Kingdom purposes. Therefore, in order for God’s blessing on our lives, our families, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world to increase, our prayers must increase. That is the only way things will happen—the only way things will get done in God’s economy. This is a spiritual law as reliable as the natural law of gravity. The law of gravity says what goes up will come down. The law of prayer says what ascends to God in Spirit-led, believing prayer will bring down God’s answers and blessings. It is like the children’s chorus many of us learned…

The blessings will come down as the prayers go up
The blessings will come down as the prayers go up
The blessings will come down as the prayers go up
So let’s just praise the Lord!

It is the spiritual law of prayer!

How vital then is prayer? Our spiritual well-being and the outworking of God’s kingdom purposes depend on it.