The following is a combination of thoughts from E. M. Bounds and myself:
The possibilities of prayer run parallel with the promises of God.
God works as we pray. Faith lays hold of the impossible as it asks God to undertake for us. He is the God who can do the impossible! If God can do the “impossible” in saving our souls from hell, there is nothing else so great that He cannot do! Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer can move God!
John 14:12-14, “Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
If Jesus dwells at the fountain of my life; if the currents of His life have displaced and superseded all self-current; if implicit obedience to Him is the inspiration and force of every movement of my life, then He can safely commit the praying to my will, and pledge Himself, by an obligation as profound as His own nature, that whatever is asked shall be granted. Nothing can be clearer, more distinct, more unlimited both in application and extent, than the exhortation and urgency of Christ.
Faith lives in the present. We can pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” and in so doing we are shutting out tomorrow’s grace or tomorrow’s bread. We do not live in tomorrow. We live in today. We do not pray for tomorrow’s grace. We pray for grace for today. We cannot have tomorrow’s grace any more than we can have and eat tomorrow’s bread. Bread given for today is the strongest sort of pledge that there will be bread for tomorrow. Victory today, is the assurance of victory for tomorrow.
Amazing lesson of the simplicity of prayer is praying in Jesus’ Name. All other conditions are depreciated, everything else is renounced, save Jesus only. The name of Christ—the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—must be supremely sovereign, in the hour of prayer.