For us to understand prayer and faith, we must first understand Jesus and his life. There is a need for us to investigate his life and how he lived his life for us to truly tap into the power of prayer and its effects. For us to be sure that God hears us we must understand what took place at the cross, and once we come full circle in the life of Jesus Christ, my hope is that faith and the power of prayer will take root in our lives.
As Christians we heard about the death of Jesus Christ and his resurrection, we read the books that spoke of his life and how he healed those who were sick. We heard also of the great commission, and how we are to fulfill the great commission of Jesus Christ. Some of us are prevented by sin from walking in the power of Jesus and the commission to which we are called, we sometimes see others walking in the power of God and envy their efforts hoping one day to be as they are. But are we limited because of some weakness we have in the flesh, are we without power, a close look at our lives will help us find the answer, but a deeper look at the life of Jesus will help us overcome those weaknesses thrusting us into the battle in fulfillment of the great commission.
Who was Jesus is where we will begin this quest, for it is through our understanding of Jesus Christ will we come to the understanding of prayer and its effects. For many Jesus is the son of God, and for others Jesus is God. Divided over the issue we are unable to truly break from the confusion and taping into the power of God, so a clear explanation of who Jesus is and was is necessary.
Genesis chapter three is where the story of Jesus the man begins. After the fall of Adam and Eve God made a promise to redeem us from our transgression. In that promise he made provision for mankind through the birth of a man who would become the savior of the world. The word God used was (Seed) which indicated that in generations to come God would provide a son through whom he would perform his word. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her (seed); it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15 KJV)
After Adam and his generation, God called a man named Abraham, and gave him the same promise, saying, ” and in thy (Seed) shall all nations of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3. This also was an indication that Abraham would give birth to a son who would become the savior of the world. Over the years when people read this story it was believed that Abraham was desperate for a son from his wife, as in the case with us today who are sometimes unable to bear children. The bigger picture for Abraham was not that he wanted a son, rather he was asking God to bring into the world the Messiah he had promised was to be the redeemer of his soul. Abraham had Ishmael, and he was happy; therefore, when God came to him and said that he would give him a son Abraham replied to God “let it be Ishmael.” Abraham knew the promise was not through Ishmael, but longing for the redeemer he asked that God would place his blessing on Ishmael to be the sacrifice sent to the world. God would not have it so, the (Seed) was to be of Abraham’s who body as promised by God.
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! (Genesis 17:15-18 KJV)
Later in his life Abraham would give birth to Isaac, and Isaac would come to inherit the promise of God, then from Isaac, Jacob and from Jacob Judah, and from Judah we have Jesus Christ. As it was promised the savior the Seed of the woman, the Seed of Abraham, and the promise Messiah was born. He indeed came from a woman, a virgin by the name of Mary to bruise the head of the serpent , to destroy the government of the power of the air setting his people free.
Who was Jesus from this point of view and what was Abraham’s prayer? From this point of view Jesus was human in nature as he took on the nature of man. He was the promise of God the Seed promised to the world who was to died for the sins of his people. The prayer of Abraham was for the birth of his son according to the promise of God for the redemption of his soul. He was not satisfied with the gifts of the flesh Ishmael who was not the promise son. Although he had Ishmael he yet seek after the promise of the redeemer “ O that Ishmael might live before thee,” and in due time God would provided for him a son the hope of glory the shadow of the Messiah through Isaac. Read the entire series