Class 16: Tap Into Unlimited Power (Part 1)
Today, we are going to continue our study from Letters to Young Black Men with a new chapter titled, “Tap Into Unlimited Power” (Part 1).
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from E. M. Bounds: “Prayer succeeds when all else fails.”
Let’s begin by reading a portion from Letters to Young Black Men:
I trust that you and yours are doing well.
You may be wondering, once again, why I am writing to you so much on spiritual matters. Well, the reason is, as I said to you earlier, the spiritual aspect of your life is the most important part of your life. It is the very center of your existence. If you get this part of your life in order, everything else will fall into place. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
In this letter, I want to speak to you specifically about the all important matter of prayer. There is great power through prayer to God. And there are great benefits from God in prayer. You will find as you trail through life that you will need God, and prayer invites God to work in, through, and for your life. Notice what God says through His prophet Jeremiah as to what He (God) will do if you pray:
Jeremiah 33:2-3 says, “Thus saith the Lord the maker thereof, the Lord that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Even though Jesus Christ is God, He still spent quality time in prayer while He was upon planet earth. You may recall that one time He got up a “great while before day” and prayed. On another occasion, He taught His disciples how to pray; and then in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion, He prayed earnestly and fervently. And then at another time, “He spake a parable unto them to this end that men ought always to pray and not to faint.”
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
In the last study we focused on highly esteeming the Word of God in your life. Please keep the lesson for letter four in mind as you read and work through this section on prayer. Bible study and prayer must go hand in hand. The Scriptures offer numerous promises regarding the power and positive effects of prayer, but these will not be applicable unless the Word of God is hidden in your heart. It is through God’s Word that we first begin to capture His desires and passions, and it is prayer that molds these passions into our own.
- Jesus Christ said in John 15:7: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Note the relationship between Bible study and prayer. We often read this verse and get carried away with the promise that we can ask anything of God, and He promises to give it to us. However, we must not fail to read the entirety of the statement. Before asking anything of the Lord we must remain in Him by allowing His words to dwell in our hearts. Thus, a result of placing the study and understanding of the Bible as a top priority in life is an unbelievably powerful prayer life. For, the attainment of God’s Word opens our eyes to His character and vision for this world, thus, allowing us to pray to Him with a unified passion.
So, as we look further into the power and benefits of prayer, let us keep in mind that neither of these come without the accompaniment of genuine Bible study.
- There is great power through prayer to God.
- You will find as you trail through life that you will need God, and prayer invites God to work in, through, and for your life.
Read the following verses and note what they say about the power that comes through prayer.
- James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
This verse says that, whenever a righteous man prays, much can be accomplished in the physical and spiritual realm. We all desire to have some degree of power. Is it not incredibly exciting to think that we can actually tap into the power of God who created the universe we live in! So, the real question becomes one of attaining righteousness. Remember from our study titled, “Get to Know Your Creator”, that sin is equivalent to all unrighteousness. Thus, righteousness must be the absence of sin. This can obviously only occur through the blood of Jesus Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you in a life of purity, love, and selflessness.
- Romans 10:12-13 says, “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Speaking to God always occurs in the form of prayer, for we are flesh, and He is spirit. Thus, when this verse mentions calling on the Lord, this call takes the form of prayer. Therefore, verse 13 says that prayer unleashes the power of salvation. Thus, prayer overcomes the evil forces of this fallen world and brings believers into a holy communion with God for eternity. Salvation is only one of the many effects that prayer can bring about, but it is perhaps the most powerful, for it seals our eternal existence as opposed to merely curing us of a physical ailment. If prayer to the Father has the power to bring about salvation just imagine the power it bestows upon those who are already saved!
Notice Ephesians 2:18 and Ephesians 3:20: “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…” The first verse mentions having access to the Father. The next verse expands on the description of the power that comes through such admittance to the Holy Throne of God.
If we have within us the means to tap into the power of the most powerful Source in the universe, then why do we live such defeated lives? Why do we live afraid of stepping out on faith and attempting something amazing for God’s glory? Why do we experience feelings of insignificance and uselessness on a daily basis? Why are we content with simply waking up, going to school or work, coming home, watching television, and going to bed, just to start the same routine again tomorrow?
Brothers, we are sitting on top of a gold mine. We truly have within us the ability to live so much greater than ourselves. If you will only commit your life to the Father and pray for His vision to be your vision, He will do things in your life that you would not have imagined even if you were told. So, the ultimate question must be, do you long for this power? Do you deeply desire to live the life God uniquely created you to live? Or, are you simply content with staying comfortable and watching each day pass away with nothing done of significance? If you choose the latter, do not be fooled. You are not simply wasting time, but you are missing out on the chance to live an incredible life.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue this study in our next class.
In closing, Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win the Super Bowl and the host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football said, “You are never going to get anywhere in sports or in life until you become convinced of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You may become a professional athlete or have fame and nice cars and nice houses and a lot of money, but what you’ll find is that all of that stuff goes away pretty quickly. You have to understand that Christ died for our sins, and that He died not just to be our Savior but so that He could be the center of our lives.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what the church people I grew up around said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, I’ll see you for our next class.