“This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.”

Psalm 34:6, NIV

When I was growing up my family lived on the mission field in Japan. My grandparents were visiting us from their mission home in Korea when the most destructive typhoon in Japan’s history, up to that time, found its epicenter in the area where we lived. At the height of the storm, rain was pouring through the roof of our house where tremendous winds had ripped away dozens of shingles. The adults were swirling about from one room trying to save what they could from the elements. I watched the activity with great fascination and excitement. Walking by the living room, to my amazement, I saw my grandfather kneeling, all alone. The next day, tired and battered but safe, I asked my mother why my grandfather had not helped. She said to me, “Oh, he was doing the most important work; he was praying!”

The Bible often teaches that the greatest power available to God’s children is the power of prayer. How seldom we avail ourselves of this fabulous gift. Among the greatest weapons of the enemy is to distract us from seeing all that is possible through prayer. Those distractions manage to keep us busy enough to rob us of time “on our knees.” Most Christians commit a pathetically small amount of time to this exercise of spiritual might. Prayer is the one tool that allows us the amazing ability to move beyond the boundaries of the natural world and into the realm of the supernatural.

The Bible teaches that prayer is hard work. It takes sacrifice to make time to utilize this remarkable instrument. There are abundant examples in scripture and in church history of men and women who acquired great power through the hard work of prayer. They understood that prayer is a priority. Nothing is more powerful; nothing is more worthy of the commitment of our valuable time. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16b)

QUESTION: How committed are you to becoming that kind of prayer? Ask God to help you make the sacrifices necessary in your schedule for this potent, supernatural power.