Let us begin by defining the words power and Prayer. Power is the ability or opportunity to do something or to act where as Prayer is a fellowship and communion rather than a mere request to God or it is talking with God or it is a two way system. In prayer we share and exchange the same thoughts with God. As a result of this communication with God we receive answers to our Prayers. The ability and opportunity of God to answer or respond to our prayer thus the power of prayer in this context.
Scripture: Therefore confess your sin to each other and pray for one another so that you may be healed. THE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN IS POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE. James 5v16.God can answer our prayers through many way for example healing as it is stated in this verse but the criteria is what matters for his response to our prayer. What is the Criteria for God to release his power? Answer: Righteousness.
How Can we do about it?
The abbreviation ACTS is used to help the children of God remembering important steps when praying. ACTS stands for
C: Confession(of sins)
ADORATION/PRAISE: When praying we need to show great love and worship him, approving that he is God and that we admire him.Jesus begun his prayer by praising God concerning his fatherly love, mighty name and the glory of his Kingdom. Our father in heaven hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven Mathews5v9.By doing this we shore great respect that he deserves.
CONFESSION; We need to admit that we are guilty before God for committing various sins. I when we commit sin, we wrong against GOD. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3vs 23. Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you form God: for sins have hidden his face form you so that he will not hear. Isaiah59vs1-3. But despite our unfitness for his glory he is able to forgive our sin through mercy and grace. as far as we repent and turn from darkness or evil. If we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS,HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST AND WILL FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND PURIFY US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS 1Johnvs8-9.
THANKSGIVING: We have to express gratitude to God because we owe him gratitude for what he has done to our lives. The bible instructs us not to be misled by our situations but to be joyful all the times no matter it may be. Be joyful always; pray continuation; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gos will for you in Christ JESUS. 1 Thessalonians 4v16
SUPPLICATION: We need to be very humble when giving request to God consider that we are not deserving of his glory since our criteria is not fit in his eyes but to be glad for his mercy, love, favor and grace on us hence capitalizing his will always. Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who ask receives, he who seek finds and to him who knocks the door will be opened.Matt7v7. The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quit you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing; The sorrows for the appointed feasts, I will remove from you; they are burden and reproach to you. At that time I will deal with he who oppress you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I w.ill give them praise and honour in every land where they were put to shame. At that time I will bring you home, I will give you honor and praise among all peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes.
SAYS THE LORD! Zepheniah3v17