Bethany Baptist Church

The Youth Choir sang a special song, Sunday morning before Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message he called, “The Making of Mighty Prayer!” He used Matthew 9:29, 19:26 and Mark 9:32 and 11:24 as the main texts for his message.

According to Pastor Sorensen the making of mighty prayer rests in simple faith. Great men of God like George Mueller, Jonathan Edwards, and John Wesley exhibited that kind of simple faith. Great prayers do not rest in the personality, the education, or the position of those who pray, but in the greatness of the Lord God to whom they pray. The uneducated, humble Christian who has simple faith can “get through to God” as well as any “great” preacher.

Jesus told his listeners at his sermon on the mount, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you…” We are supposed to pray for our needs but not in a random, careless way. When we pray we need to be specific. God will know the intents of our hearts. When our request is not for selfish reasons and if our desire is to bring honor to God, we know that we will have an answer from God.

Pray for others. We need to pray for friends, near and dear, and for our enemies. It is hard to pray for those who despitefully use you, but we are commanded to do so. We are to pray for troubled and distressed souls and for how we may help them. We should be concerned about God’s other children. Prayer and kindness go together. We must especially pray for lost souls and not falter when we do not see quick results.

Mighty prayers bring about miracles. Elijah was a man of great faith. He prayed that it might not rain and it did not rain for three and one-half years. He prayed and the fire fell from heaven and burned the offering on his water soaked altar. Some of the miracles that we need today are forgiveness, usefulness,  and Holy Spirit power. Without prayer any great accomplishment is impossible.

What is the proper motivation for mighty prayers? Jesus looked at the multitude and had compassion. We need to pray for the sick, the infirm, and for souls. Jesus told us to pray that the Lord of the harvest would send laborers into his harvest. How do we get this kind of compassion? When we make a diligent study of the Bible, we will see that compassion is the key aspect in all of God’s dealings with mankind. We say that God is love.

We should seek to be like Christ, to walk in the steps of the Master. Jesus showed compassion for the sick and infirm, for every leper and every blind person he met. Jesus wept at the graveside with the grieving. If we walk in the steps of the Master, we will not be unmoved at the plight of lost souls blindly stumbling into Hell. If we have been guilty of closing our eyes to the needs of others, pray that God will give us compassion. God can change us. He can make us into mighty prayer warriors.