I will not say that the word has no power without your prayers, but your prayers will sure help to put the power of the word to use in your life. If you pray before you read the word that it will take hold of your life and that God will speak to you through that word, I guarantee that God will indeed speak to you—and it will come alive to you. Yes indeed, your prayers will bring power to the word. Here are…
Five Ways That Prayer Brings Power to the Word
1. By prayer we are able to take hold of the author of the Word, who makes the Word powerful and active in the hearts and minds of those we pray for. E. M. Bounds has said, “Prayer may well be defined as that force which vitalizes and energizes that Word of God, by taking hold of God, Himself.” Thus, if the Holy Spirit stirs your heart to take hold of God to ask Him to bring His Word into the minds of certain ones, God’s Word will definitely come alive in them and will work to change their lives.
2. By prayer the Word spreads rapidly. In 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Paul asked the Thessalonians to pray for him and his comrades, that the Word of the Lord may spread rapidly. Notice that prayer was requested not for the Word, but for them. That is because, the Word doesn’t need prayer, people need prayer. For the Word is pure and holy. It stands on its own. But since God has decreed that the Word be spread by you and me, we need prayer to be faithful in handling it. And we find throughout the Scriptures that everywhere that people had faith in God, wrought by prayer, the Word was sounded forth from them (1 Thess. 1:8).
3. By prayer the Word is declared boldly. In order for the Word to be declared boldly people need to be bold in their sharing. Hence, we need to pray that we would speak the Word of God with boldness. And if God has revealed to us any reasons why we are not confident in our speaking, let us pray in that regard—perhaps to put aside certain sins and hindrances. Thus, when we have faithfully prayed as God has led us, we ought to be assured that God has begun a great work in us, to give us boldness in Him—to speak the Word of God with confidence.
Such was the case with a certain group of Christians as they prayed together in regard to the persecution of Peter and John (Acts 4:29-31); for after they prayed the Spirit of the Lord came upon them so powerfully that the place where they had gathered was shaken. And their lives (those who had prayed together) were dramatically changed from that point on, so that wherever they went they spoke the Word of God with boldness.
4. By prayer God opens up to us a door for the Word (Col. 4:3). If it is God’s will for the Word to be spoken boldly, it must also be His will for a door to be open to us, that the message of the Lord would get through to the hearer. Therefore, what we are praying for is (1) for opportunities to share the message of the Word, (2) that the people would be willing to listen to the Word, and (3) that the Word would be effective—people would hear and believe the Word (1 Cor. 16:9).
Can we believe that God will open a door for us? Yes indeed! If we pray, He will open a door.
5. By prayer the seeds of the Word take root and grow. The growth of the Word—that is, the growth of the application of the Word—will happen only through prayer. Through prayer the soil of the heart is made soft and fertile, and ready to plant the seeds of the Word. Then, through prayer, the seeds are planted in the heart. Likewise, through prayer, the seeds of the Word are watered and cultivated. And soon, through continued prayer, the Word takes root, grows, and bears fruit (Matt. 13:23). From the fruit, seeds are again planted. And so the Word goes out again and takes root in the heart, and grows and bears fruit. Hence, the process continues by much prayer.
This is an excerpt from Prayer A to Z.