A church in New York City installed a new organ, a rare and costly instrument that was capable of pouring forth a melody that would stir the human heart.
However, as fate would have it, during the inaugural service the electric current required to operate the console was cut off.
The organist, though determined, was unable to do anything about it.
An electrician attending the service was summoned to see if he could remedy this situation, which he did.
Hurriedly writing a note, he handed it to the organist. The note read: "After the prayer there will be power."
That we might all fully understand that there is power after prayer! Prayer is the greatest privilege of the believer, yet it's a privilege that is often neglected.
How sad for us, because it is a privilege through which we may experience the power of God when exercised, for God does mighty works in answer to prayer.
The New Testament book of Acts is a historical account of the early church. Over and again we read of the power the believers realized in answered prayer.
Should it not be obvious to all that God delights in answering prayer? A people who pray are a people who possess true power.
Dr. A. C. Dixon of Spurgeon's Tabernacle wrote: "When we rely on organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely on education, we get what education can do; when we rely on eloquence, we get what eloquence can do; and so on. I am not disposed to undervalue these things in their proper place, but when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do!"
The Scriptures speak many times concerning the matter of prayer, but the most precious, and simplest of truth came from the lips of the Savior.
He said, "Ask, and it shall be given you ... For everyone that asks receives" (Matthew 7:7-8).
The one true reason why we do not see the mighty works of God in, for, and through us, is because we do not ask!
James, the brother of our Lord, writing his epistle of practical Christianity, said: "... You have not, because you ask not" (James 4:2).
Why do we not ask when we know that God answers prayer? Could it be that we don't know how to pray? Or, could it be that we are afraid of being turned away?
John wrote: "And this is the confidence we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us; and if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we desired of him" (1 John 5:14-15).
May we each have the confidence to come boldly before the throne of grace to call on God, our Father, who delights in answering prayer; for prayer is the power that moves the hand that moves the universe!
And, may we also know that prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance, but laying hold of God's willingness.
Jerry L. Dunn, pastor of Oak Street Baptist Church, Sixth and Oak Streets, can be reached by email at: email@example.com.