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Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

I’m thrilled to have Horace Williams, Jr. from Pleasing to the Potter on the blog today. He’s an encourager and one who is anchored in God’s Word. I think you’ll enjoy this!


Helpless.

What a discouraging word this can be. No one wants to ever feel helpless.

Think back to those times where you have experienced that feeling.

Did you well up with tears and cry your eyes out? Maybe you picked up the phone and called a close friend, or searched the refrigerator for your favorite ice cream?

Remember this my friend, you have access to God’s amazing power via prayer. 

It is hard at times to admit you need help or confirm you have a weakness. Maybe you feel helpless when it comes to dealing with a difficult family member, a financial crisis that springs up out of the blue or even the tragic loss of a loved one. It is in these moments of intense struggle that you must plug into your Savior, Jesus Christ. Get down on your knees and tell God what is on your heart. There is nothing to fear or worry about when you put your trust in Him.

The God who sent His only Son to die on the cross for you loves you unconditionally. He wants to hear from you. His desire is to communicate with you. The same power that rolled away the stone as Jesus rose again is available to you right now! Don’t let feelings of doubt, discouragement, and Satan’s deceit prevent you from talking with Almighty God.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, you have 24-hour access to the ultimate power source. God’s amazing power transforms lives! He is ready and waiting to transform your life, and the lives of so many. Still not sure about this? Feeling depressed and discouraged as the doubt lingers? Lean in close, and I will share with you proof that the power of God transforms lives via prayer.

The moment you surrendered your heart to Jesus Christ, He blessed you with the Holy Spirit to live inside you. So regardless of what your feeling at this moment, believe what is written in His word. You have God’s POWER within you, and prayer is the conduit by which you can access God’s power and see it manifest in your life and the lives of people all over the world! 

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So whether you are feeling sorrow, anxiety, fear or totally helpless, talk with God. He understands what you are feeling, and He wants to empower you as you seek to live for Him.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV

Grace; one of the benefits of God’s unconditional love. He wants to shower you with undeserved favor. If you are in need of comfort, courage, help, or you seek wisdom, you can receive all of these through intimate conversations with your Savior. God is omnipotent, and He knows everything. With God, there are never any surprises, so go to Him. He will empower you with the strength to handle whatever you are facing right now.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 ESV

God is present…don’t ever forget that as you go throughout each day. He wants to bless, encourage and strengthen your trust in Him. As the apostle, Paul states in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Remember the prophet Elijah? What a powerful prophet of God. He called down fire from heaven, and it consumed a water soaked altar as he proved God’s almighty power to the children of Israel. He killed 450 prophets of Baal too. He did not die, but was taken up to Heaven via a chariot of fire to be with God. He also appeared with Jesus and Moses at Christ’s transfiguration. One of my favorite verses regarding prayer continues to lift my spirit as I seek to access God’s power. Look at what it says in James.

…The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain for three years and six months. James 5:16b-17 NASB

Elijah accessed God’s power as He prayed earnestly. He felt fear, doubt, and even asked God to take His life one time, but God nourished his soul. He wants to do the same for you. You too can access God’s power through prayer. I hope that these truths from God’s word have reminded and encouraged you that your prayers have power! Talk with God, spend focused time in His word, and you will never be the same as He continues to transform your life.

So, I ask you, is your life plugged in to God’s amazing power?

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Prayer Is a Conduit to God's Power | by Horace Williams Jr. | KellyRBaker.com | Because of Christ's sacrifice, you have 24-hour access to the ultimate power source. God's amazing power transforms lives! Don't let feelings of doubt, discouragement, and Satan's deceit prevent you from talking with Almighty God.Horace Williams Jr. is a stroke survivor and born-again Christian who loves Jesus Christ. He has seen the power of prayer and God’s healing in his own life as he continues to recover from a massive stroke that paralyzed his left side almost 7 years ago. He wants to inspire, encourage, and remind Christians that God’s power is available to them through prayer. You can get a copy of his latest book, Unleash the Power of Prayer in Your Life, by clicking here.

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  1. Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
  2. Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
  3. God’s Power Defies What Is False
  4. How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
  5. A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
  6. Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

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  • God’s Healing Power Is for You
  • You Have God’s Power Within
A Testimony of God's Power of Provision by David Miller | David Miller shares a testimony of God's miraculous provision. He and his wife were brought from cataclysmic conflict and severe stretching to God's timely provision, and were also blessed by a special lesson the Lord had for them. | KellyRBaker.com | Power of God series

A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision

Have you ever been in dire circumstances? David Miller is sharing a testimony today of God’s faithfulness when he was in need. Read “My Everything” and be encouraged!


In 2010, I undertook perhaps the most ambitious project of my lifetime, coordinating the marketing efforts for an Indiana-based corporate wellness company. Early efforts in 4 major US cities (Portland, Honolulu, Atlanta, Nashville) during the beta-phase of the project were achieving critical traction and laid the foundation for a national campaign that would be spearheaded from Charlotte in 2011.

Charlotte was the hub of the project because most of the key players on this project from the insurance world were based in the “Queen City”. One key player, however, who I had known for several years in Portland, proved to be the disastrous “Achilles heel” in this project. It would only be after arriving in Charlotte in Spring of 2011 that I would discover that my business partner from Portland had forfeited credibility for the project through fraud and misrepresentation – most of the key players would back out of the project before May.

My wife and I sought God for direction – we had just basically downsized our entire financial footprint only months earlier in obedience to His call to “let go” and trust Him into a new season of service. We had also sunk our “all” into this one opportunity – it was one of those “do or die” moments.

Cataclysmic Conflict

Then the storms arrived – literally – and one of them nearly destroyed our sole automobile with softball-sized hail. Once we had finished our event obligations in Charlotte, we learned that up-front guaranteed contract pay would go away immediately so we took a self-imposed time-out trip to the South Carolina coast to pray about whether to stay in the South and attempt to rescue the project and stand by our business friends in Indiana, or exit stage-left and zip back out West for a reset.

While in Myrtle Beach, our condo was ransacked and all our business equipment, electronics, and personal valuables were stolen while we were out to dinner. Like never before, we knew we were in the apex of a cataclysmic spiritual conflict and we discerned that the Enemy wanted us to fearfully run and hide…far from what “might be” in the coming weeks and months in Charlotte.

We knew this was about things far more important than business and we certainly had zoomed well past business as usual.

So we knew in our hearts what God was asking us to do and with less than $100 in our pocket, we chose to stand our ground and stay in Charlotte.

Severe Stretching

The marketing project looked like it would fly once again by Thanksgiving 2011, but an abrupt “about-face” by a national carrier in December was the final nail in the coffin. Suddenly, my wife Cheri picked up a new domestic client as a professional Nanny and by January it was becoming clear that God was asking me to simply just work for Him – not in some kind of formal Christian Executive slot or in a local church, but rather through my writing, my coaching and mentoring . . all “volunteer” type activity.

God was asking us to trust Him way beyond our comfort zone and to do so far from home…but wait, there was no more “home”…that had been sold along with 90% of our earthly possessions. In a strange way, while we were certainly being stretched, we were also free like never before because it was just us…and Jesus.

Sounds like a cliche I’m sure…but when you get there and find yourself on a “road to nowhere” journey…you amazingly discover He is our “enough”.

Miraculous Provision

As we navigated through 2012 in Charlotte, provision would come in the most unexpected ways: our monthly rent was anonymously paid one month, the kitchen was spontaneously stocked by friends in a local church who really had no idea how bare our “cupboard” really was…one day, a local Christian businessman called to inform us that God had told Him to give us a check…and it turned out to be a massive check.

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It was during this exact time that LifeLetter Cafe as we know it today was birthed – what began as a simple website collaboration with some Christian business folks in Charlotte so I could “land” nearly ten years of my own writing content in one spot…turned into the launch of a blog platform that today supports and promotes more than 320 amazing Christian thought leaders, including dozens and dozens of pastors.

The fog had begun to clear: God was asking Cheri and me to come alongside and encourage those who speak boldly for His name and do so from our “empty”…so empty in fact that Christmas would for the second year in a row in Charlotte not be Christmas. No family, no festivities, no parties, no gifts, no anything…except a $10 dinner at McDonald’s on Christmas day – and even that was a splurge.

Momentous Reminder

We chose to close our 2012 by making a somewhat unusual commitment – we made ourselves available for a massive Church outreach that included 17 performances over ten days and gobs of hours. It was all we could give, but we gave from a deep well of gratitude even though we ached for a new season of life and stability.

The outreach was amazing – we saw hundreds receive Christ and we got to worship in a way that maybe counts just a little more than that thing we normally call “worship” on Sundays. We locked arms with dozens of volunteers and celebrated God’s victories on Christmas Eve after the final performance…and then headed out to the parking lot.

In our minds, we were grateful for what we just experienced but we also dreaded returning to the cold and empty apartment that would be our Christmas home.

And then we noticed a clear bag taped to our windshield. This seemed really strange on this wet and wintry Christmas Eve. We jumped inside our SUV and opened the bag only to discover a card containing $2,012.00 as a remembrance of God’s faithfulness in 2012 with no signature or clue as to who might be the giver.

We melted and sobbed tears of joy.

Sometimes God takes you to the place of nothing so you can be reminded that He is our only thing and our everything. In the very moment when we felt like we were holding nothing, we discovered what it is like to be held in His hands.

I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24 NLT

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David “JB” Miller is founder and Chief Encouragement Officer at LifeLetter Ministries. He and his wife Cheri make their home in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona and have six children and six grandchildren they absolutely adore.
David is a graduate of both Simpson University and Talbot School of Theology (Biola) where he was awarded degrees in Theology (M. Div.) and Communications (B.A.). He served in pastoral ministry in the Christian & Missionary Alliance for 22 years (ordained in 1987). He has been active in numerous non-profit ministries and community outreach programs. He also has been a small business consultant since 2004, specializing in boutique lodging, human capital risk management and business development services.

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  1. Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
  2. Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
  3. God’s Power Defies What Is False
  4. How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
  5. A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
  6. Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

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  • God’s Healing Power Is for You
  • You Have God’s Power Within
KellyRBaker | How God's Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross | by Julie Loos | Because of Jesus' great love, He embraced the cross laying down His power.

How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross

Please welcome my friend Julie Loos to the blog for the Power of God series. I love that she thrives spiritually by taking off the mask and allowing God to have His way with her life. I hope you are encouraged by her words today! ~ Kelly


As they walked along the dusty, dreary and lifeless path out of Jerusalem, the faces which had held smiles and anticipation, were now covered in sorrow and frowns. Tears could be seen streaming down the faces of a few. What a week the women had witnessed, what began as the triumph and celebration of the King was now filled with hopelessness. The man, they had followed for three years, was hanging on a cross in the distance.

As they ambled forward as though restrained, they could see this cross getting more and more close.

Flashbacks and stories were told through sobs, this was not what they expected.

Why the Torture of the Cross Displayed God’s Complete Power

Jesus had proved to them time and time again of His power. The women had seen the healings, the storms being calmed and the water turned into wine. They had heard the story of creation, how the Red Sea was parted and Noah’s flood.

In the bottom of their hearts, they knew this was their powerful Creator. Why was He doing this, why couldn’t He get Himself down off the cross?

We think it would be more powerful to get Himself off the cross, but wouldn’t it take greater power to remain and suffer through the pain and sin of all humans?

He was the Omnipotent God and He was free to do what He desired. Yet He remained; the nails only like toothpicks to the strength of the King of Kings.

The Passion of the Cross Delivered Love

Every year, my husband and I watch The Passion of the Christ around Easter. The movie is good, but I’m sure the actual event was far more awful.

The days after seeing the movie, leave me feeling sick. Seeing what Jesus went through, makes me feel guilty. Do I appreciate His gift enough? Is it moving me to live forever changed?

Many people I have talked to have said, “I can’t watch that movie, it would upset me too much.”

Isn’t that the point? Don’t we want to feel sick and awful after learning about what happened to our Lord?

God didn’t have to do this for us, He could have called down legions of angels to take Him off that cross. Musician Michael Card says, “had the soldiers not nailed Jesus to the cross, His love for us would hold Him there.”

The most powerful being in the world became man and then died on the cross to save me, even without the nails.

Let that sink in.

Jesus not only endures all this, but avoided the narcotic gall drink offered Him because Jesus wanted to be fully conscious and feel the total suffering for us.

Once Jesus dies, He experiences complete separation from God, which was the worst of His suffering according to the Bible.

The Meaning of the Cross

I don’t know about you, but God deserves more attention to what He did for us. The power He laid down so He could endure the shame, isolation and the pain to sacrifice Himself as the atonement for all of our sins.

Because of His great love, He embraced the cross laying down His power.

Isn’t this the greatest miracle ever? We don’t receive what we deserve because Jesus took our place.

To the girl who’s been abused, God sees you and loves you that much.

For the child who grew up in a damaging home, God embraces you.

The woman who believes she’s too broken, God will fix your wounds up because you are worth it. He proved you were on that despised cross.

The story doesn’t end here, Jesus used His power to roll the grave stone away and he came back to life three days later. Not only do we have all our infractions paid for, but through faith, we have His power now and an eternal home forever.

Those women, who thought Jesus was gone, their sadness turned into joy. Jesus was certainly the Omnipotent Lord.

This Easter, may we celebrate this enormous gift given to us. Let’s not gloss over the gift and sacrifice Jesus suffered for us. God’s power is such an amazing sacrifice for our eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV

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Julie Loos | Unmasking the Mess | Guest post at KellyRBaker.comJulie Loos is the mom of 5 kids and has been happily married to Greg for 17 years. She loves to read, eat chocolate, drink iced tea and spend time writing in the midst of messes. You can find her blog at www.unmaskingthemess.com

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  1. Experiencing the Miraculous Power of God
  2. Like Moses, We Can Get Used to Using God’s Power
  3. God’s Power Defies What Is False
  4. How God’s Greatest Power Was in the Suffering of the Cross
  5. A Testimony of God’s Power of Provision
  6. Prayer Is a Conduit to God’s Power

And coming soon:

  • God’s Healing Power Is for You
  • You Have God’s Power Within