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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

10- The power of prayers and faith


Another kind of power is the power of prayers.

A prayer supported by the power of faith, zeal, humility and spirituality can ascend to heaven and find response. Image: A man kneeling and praying in repentance (confession), black and white clipart. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل يركع ويصلي (الاعتراف)، كليبارت أبيض وأسود. Image: A man kneeling and praying in repentance (confession), black and white clipart.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: رجل يركع ويصلي (الاعتراف)، كليبارت أبيض وأسود.

People feel the power of a person who have such a way with prayer and resort to him to find solutions to their problems from God through him.

The prayer of the Apostles was so powerful that it was said, "And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were allied with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 4:31). This is the

powerful prayer that ascends to heaven and is presented before God's throne and receives what it asks for.

Do you have such prayer which others may seek? You can read about it in the lives of saints.

A powerful prayer is spirited and full of faith.

Faith gives power to prayers, and the power of prayer with the power of faith work together.

With the power of faith St. Peter walked on the water, but when his faith was shaken he began to sink, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. The Lord saved him and said, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" (Matt. 14:31).

Powerful faith can work miracles. Suffice what the Holy Bible says, "All things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:2,3).

Elisha the prophet went with the Shunammite woman confident that he would be able to raise her son (2 Kin. 4:35).

Elijah the Prophet also did the same with the widow of Zarepath of Sidon and he raised her son (1 Kin. 17:22).

Powerful faith believes that the Lord will come even at the last watch of the night. Lazarus will rise even after four days of his being buried.

Your faith is unshaken even though God delays in responding, or the prayers seem not to be heard.

It is faith that doubts not God's love, though tribulations encompass or continue, and though plowers plow on his back and make their furrows deep (Ps. 129:3).

The power of faith does not only appear in trusting God's work, but the power of faith appears also when confronting heretics.

An example of this is the powerful faith of St. Athanasius who rejected the Arian thoughts and suspicions. The faith within his heart was stronger than their suspicions.

On the other hand, weak faith cannot withstand doubts or heresies and heterodoxies.

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