Pastor Robert brings the series, In Jesus’ Name, to a close. Why must we persist in prayer? To consistently release the power He has already given us.
God has deposited His power within us. We distribute His power on the earth through persistently praying in Jesus’ name for His will to be done.
Why must we persist in prayer? It is not because we are talking God into moving, or that we are earning answers to our prayers through hard work.
God has deposited His power within us through the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20, NKJV). In this verse, the word “according” denotes distribution. Our prayers determine how much of God’s exceedingly abundant power is distributed in our lives. God has decided to partner with us. He has deposited the power of the Holy Spirit within us for us to measure out.
In John 7:37–39, Jesus described the flow of the Holy Spirit from our lives as a river. However, our hands are on the “faucet”—we control whether the flow of the Holy Spirit is a river or a trickle. Prayer is not a matter of motivating the Father to move, but releasing the power that He has already given us. There is no problem with His power, but there may be a problem with how we are controlling the flow of the faucet!
The Book of Revelation describes a picture in which the prayers of the saints are held in a bowl, like incense. When the bowl is full, the fire (power) of God is added to the prayers and returned to earth. This is the same fire that fell when Elijah prayed, that stood between the children of God and their enemies, and that fell on the Day of Pentecost! When we persist in prayer, we open the “faucet,” fill the bowl, and unleash the fire of God in our lives.