One of the most powerful keys to effective prayer and power with God is Relationship. There are so many kinds of relationships in our social circles. These include: Husband-Wife, Master-Servant, Employer-Employee, Father-Child, Leader-Follower, etc. And we can develop relationship with the Almighty God on the basis of our knowledge of who He is to us. In the Holy Scriptures, there are so many relationships man can develop with His maker. And the effectiveness of communication and the power derived from such relationships were dependent on the terms upon which the relationships hanged.
The relationships the people of old had with God were determined by the revelation of God they had. God answered His servants who knew Him to be their Lord. These servants in reverential fear served God as their master. Example: Elijah’s prayers for fire. In 1 Kings 18:36, his request for fire was to prove that he is a servant, and had done everything according to the word of the Lord, his master. Sure! Fire came down in answer to that prayer. But, in 2 Kings 1:9-12, he felt threatened by the captains and their hosts the king had sent to take him from the hill. And his request for fire to consume them was also hinged on his relationship, as a man (servant) of God. For he said: “If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.”
However, the highest form of relationship is the Father-Child relationship. Why? This is relationship bonded by blood, one of the most powerful elements on the earth according to 1 John 5:8. This was the relationship in the beginning according to Genesis, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Adam was a son of God (Luke 3:38). That was what we lost, and it was for this cause Christ came to reconcile us again by a blood covenant (Colossians 1:20).
Jesus Christ came to introduce us to the name and relationship we lost through disobedience and rebellion—that is Heavenly Father, the Father-Child relationship (John 17:6). When Jesus walked the earth, his disciples saw the effectiveness of his prayers and once asked for a lesson on prayer. “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” (Luke 11:1-2 KJV)
Jesus’ introductory words indicated that everything that came afterwards was founded on the relationship which existed between the one praying, and the One to whom the prayer was directed (God). This name, Heavenly Father, connects us to a superior relationship none of the people of the Old Testament knew.
He is our Lord, and we are co-labourer with Him in His vineyard (1 Corinthians 3:9), but more importantly He is our Father in heaven. And we must seek to cultivate that relationship by doing what would please Him, as our Father. We must desire to have constant fellowship with Him, and not become vagabond children—wanderers who visit His presence occasionally, who do not know His voice, and who do not know His will.
Developing a good relationship with God is the ultimate key to effective and answered prayer. He spoke through the Prophet Malachi:
“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 1:6 KJV).
We must be extra concerned with our relationship with God if we desire to have power with our prayers.
God bless you!