Prevailing Prayer

Prevailing Prayer

Prevailing prayerHave you ever wrestled with God in prayer? Have you cried your heart out to God trusting that he will help you? Have you been perseverant in your prayer? Not letting God go until he has blessed you? Good for you. Prevailing prayer has more power than you know.

With the words of Samuel Chadwick. “There is no power like that of prevailing prayer – of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”

And God is who we need. God is everything we need. When he fills us with his presence, we are helped. Not necessarily visibly, but we have peace in abundance. And certainty that God is with us no matter of what. That all will be well eventually.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8, NLT)

This week, I had a new kind of experience of praying through the night. I did not stay awake the whole night if that’s what you think. But I tossed and turned all night long. I wrestled with God throughout the night. Every conscious minute I had, I pleaded God to interfere. I prevailed in my prayer throughout the night and in the morning I did have peace beyond understanding.

Prevailing prayer brings God into your life. Prevailing prayer has more power than we can imagine. But we indeed need to practise it much more than we do. Let God know how you are, how you feel, what you need. Don’t let God go before he has blessed you.


Gracious God,
I need you so much.
Come and be my everything.
Fill me with your love and grace.
Heal me, renew me, guide me.
Lord, bless me according to your love.
Take care of all my needs.
Make me what you want me to be.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you familiar with prevailing prayer? Please, share your experiences, tips and pointers with us! Thank you!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you wrestle with God in prayer!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Photo courtesy of Aaron Burden via, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus and Faith-filled Fridays.

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