THE POWER OF PRAYER
By Pastor Ed Treat
July-August 2017 Message
Jesus prayed a lot. Like all of us, he faced earthly temptation and needed to
stay in constant communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit. For him, prayer was the air he breathed and the food he ate. Essentially, prayer was his life. And if praying was important for Jesus, how much more so for you and me?
In a recent sermon, I said I didn’t understand the mechanics of Jesus’ ascension and subsequent sending of the Holy Spirit. Then I read that very week of some research being done that suggests there just might be a mechanism of some kind at work through prayer.
In the first study, human DNA was isolated in a container and placed near a test subject. They gave the donor emotional stimulus and found the DNA in the container actually physically reacted. The scientists concluded, “Human emotion produces effects which defy conventional laws of physics.”
A different group of scientist took white blood cells and placed them into chambers to measure electrical changes emitted by them. The donors were also subjected to emotional stimulation.
The cells measured electrical impulses in relation to the emotional stimuli’s. In fact, the isolated cells exhibited identical responses at the exact same time as the cells still in the donor. There was no lag time and the peaks and valleys in both the donor and the cells matched exactly.
Wanting to know how far away the sample could be located and still register, they went as far as fifty miles and still experienced no lag time and with identical patterns. The conclusion was that a donor and his DNA can communicate beyond time and space. Perhaps this helps understand how sets of twins can experience similar emotions no matter how far apart.
Finally, in the third experiment light photons were observed inside a vacuum. In a vacuum, the photon locations were completely random. However, when DNA is introduced to the vacuum space the photons organize themselves into the shape and behavior of the DNA. When the DNA responds to emotions, the photons changed shape as well.
The implications of these three studies are truly overwhelming. The obvious and essential conclusion is that human emotion has the power to shape physical reality. I don’t know if this is what is meant when Jesus said that through the Holy Spirit and prayer you can cause things to happen, but I think it makes a pretty good argument. If human emotion, positive thought, and love can actually influence reality, then prayer makes more sense than we ever knew before.
It’s the mystery of the incarnation all over again—God made flesh. However, this time it’s your flesh we are talking about. You have God’s power in your flesh to do God’s work on earth. You have that power and you not only have God’s permission to use it, God insists that you do.
When Jesus was born, the vastness of God descended into human flesh. When the power of God in Jesus ascended into heaven, it expanded into the size of the universe. Then it contracted and descended again, this time in a new form, the Holy Spirit, and it landed in you. Now it’s there, right there in you!
Yes, the power of God is in you. It will expand and grow the more you pray and the more you trust what it can do.