Class 17: Tap Into Unlimited Power (Part 2)
Today, we are going to continue our study from Letters to Young Black Men titled, “Tap Into Unlimited Power” (Part 2).
As we begin this lesson, consider these words from John Maxwell: “We must focus on prayer as the main thrust to accomplish God’s will and purpose on earth. The forces against us have never been greater and this is the only way we can release God’s power to become victorious.”
Let’s begin by reading a portion from Letters to Young Black Men:
As you can see, prayer is highly esteemed in the sight of God. I lovingly urge you to make prayer an integral part of your daily life. Here are some of the great benefits that I have found through prayer:
- The Almighty God has liberty to work in your life.
- Through prayer, we invite God to lead us and guide us through the labyrinth of life.
- Through prayer, we can receive the very wisdom of God.
- Through prayer, we can gain the power of the Holy Spirit to do that which is right.
- Through prayer, we can gain peace of heart and mind no matter what we are going through.
- Through prayer, we can gain the boldness, courage and confidence to help others.
- Through prayer, we can find favor in the sight of God and man.
- Through prayer, we can obtain financial, material and physical blessings.
These are just some of the blessings that I have received through prayer unto God. I can say not only in theory, but by experience, that “Prayer changes things.” Prayer has changed my life and it can change yours as well.
Now, please pull out your printed study guide or your digital study guide as we begin this lesson.
Today we will discuss the benefits of prayer which will provide you with an incentive to develop the habit of prayer in your life.
- Exodus 6:5 tells us that praying God’s Word re-establishes His promises as they relate to our lives. God said, “I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.”
- Deuteronomy 4:7 tells us that God promises to be near when we pray to Him. “For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?”
- II Chronicles 7:14 tells us that prayer leads to the forgiveness of sin and a true healing of our broken world. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
- Psalm 34:4 tells us that, through prayer, God gives us strength to rest in Him and submit our fears to His control. Prayer brings freedom from anxiety. “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
- Ephesians 6:18-19 tells us that prayer enables us to have a part in what God is doing in the lives of numerous believers, all across the earth. Prayer enables believers to boldly share their faith. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel…”
- Hebrews 4:16 tells us that prayer allows us to tap into God’s mercy and grace. We can get through anything with the use of prayer. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
- James 1:5-6 tells us that wisdom is given to those who ask for it through prayer. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
- I John 3:22 tells us that our requests are answered when we pray especially if we are obedient to God. “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”
We have clearly established the fact that prayer is an essential practice in the life of any Christian. So, how in the world do we pray? How can we possibly connect with God when we cannot see Him or audibly hear His voice? Prayer is a dialogue between our spirit and the Spirit of God. In our next class, we will look at some guidelines concerning how and when to pray.
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