With Christ in the School of Prayer

Day 23 – Obedience the Path to Power in Prayer

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give it to you.” – John 15:16.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and is very effective.” – James 5:16.

In the journey of faith, obedience emerges as a pivotal force, influencing our power in prayer. The words of Jesus in John 15:16 serve as a cornerstone for understanding this dynamic. Christ chose us, not merely as passive recipients of His love, but as active participants in His mission. The fruitfulness He calls us to isn’t just an outcome of our works; it is a testament to our obedience and alignment with His will. It is here, in this fruitful obedience, that the power of prayer is unlocked.

As we delve deeper, we find that obedience isn’t a mere external compliance but an internal alignment with God’s heart. It’s about a life lived in sync with God’s desires, as evidenced by our actions and decisions. The Scripture reinforces this in 1 John 3:22, where the assurance of answered prayers is tied to the observance of His commandments and doing what pleases Him. This truth is echoed throughout the Bible, from the Psalms to the teachings of Jesus, forming a consistent narrative: obedience is the pathway to divine favor.

However, this principle often stirs a dilemma, especially when juxtaposed against the concept of free grace. It is essential to recognize that obedience in the Christian walk is not a means to earn God’s favor, but a response to the grace already given. It’s about living out the transformation that grace has wrought in us.

In our spiritual journey, obedience becomes the litmus test of our love and commitment to Christ. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15). This obedience is not burdensome but a joyous expression of our love and trust in Him. It is in this context of obedience that our faith finds its deepest expression and our prayers their greatest power.

The promise of effective prayer, as given by Jesus, is contingent on this obedience. It’s not about choosing obedience over faith, but realizing that true faith manifests in a life lived according to God’s will. This alignment with God’s will is not just a moral obligation but the very essence of our relationship with Him. It’s what makes our prayers potent and effective.

Word in Action

Let us examine our lives in the light of God’s word. Are we living in obedience to His commands? Let this week be a time of realigning our wills with God’s, committing to live out His instructions in every aspect of our lives. As we do so, let us approach prayer with a renewed sense of confidence, knowing that our obedience paves the way for powerful, effective prayers.

Wonder in the Word

Reflect on the areas of your life where you might be struggling with obedience. How can aligning these areas with God’s will transform your prayer life and your relationship with Him?