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The Transformative Power of Prayer: Returning to God’s Presence

  • Bishop Berrington Sikazwe
Date preached August 20, 2023

Greetings, beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,

In today’s sermon, we delve into the profound realm of prayer – a channel of communication that connects us to our Father and Creator of the Universe. Prayer is more than mere words; it’s a sacred communion that allows us to fellowship with God on a deeper level. As we explore this three-dimensional act of praise, worship, and prayer, let us uncover the essence of returning to the Lord through this divine connection.

Genesis 4:26 (NIV) – “Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.”

Prayer: Communicating with Our Father
Prayer is the bridge between humanity and divinity, enabling us to converse with our Heavenly Father. It is a spiritual conversation where we pour out our hearts, share our burdens, and seek guidance from the One who knows us intimately. This act of communing with God is essential for our spiritual growth and sustenance.

DEMONSTRATION: Prayer is Like a Phone Call

Think of prayer as a phone call to God. Just as we talk to a friend on the phone, prayer allows us to connect with our loving Father. It’s not a one-sided conversation; rather, it’s a dialogue where we speak and also listen to God’s gentle whispers.

Returning to God through Prayer
In ancient times, the closeness between God and His creation was so profound that the need for explicit prayer wasn’t as pronounced. However, after the fall of man, the need for restoration became evident. As humanity faced the consequences of sin, the fellowship with God was disrupted. It was only when Enosh was born that people began to call upon the name of the Lord once again.

Zechariah 1:1-7 (NIV) – “Return to me,” declares the Lord Almighty, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.

God’s call for us to return to Him echoes through the ages. The modern adage, “God hates sin but loves the sinner,” while partially true, needs clarification. Yes, God’s love for us is unwavering, but sin carries consequences. Confession and repentance are the starting points of prayer – a way to come before God with humility and a contrite heart.

Hosea 14:1-2 (NIV) – “Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord.”

David’s life serves as an example of the transformative power of praise. As he contemplated the greatness of God, he was set apart. We, too, are called to stand strong in the power of the Holy Spirit, praising the Lord for His majesty and grace.

The Power of Our Words in Prayer
Our words hold incredible power. When we speak, things happen – and often, we doubt the effectiveness of our words. However, knowing the authority we possess as children of God, we are called to speak with intention and faith. Let us raise our spiritual temperature, boldly declaring blessings over our lives even in the face of challenges.

Embrace the Practice of Prayer
Returning to the Lord through prayer is not just an option but a necessity. Through confession, repentance, praise, and the bold declaration of blessings, we unlock the transformative power of God in our lives. In the hustle of this world, let us remember the importance of communing with our Heavenly Father, for in His presence, we find strength, guidance, and the assurance of His unwavering love.

May this message inspire us to cultivate a vibrant prayer life, returning to the Lord with all our hearts and minds. As we enter into the sanctity of prayer, may we experience His presence like never before, and may our lives be forever changed.

Amen. 🙏

In series The Power of Bold Prayer