The photograph above features the moments following the explosion of a star in a far-away nebula that astronomers deemed "Super Nova 1987A". Prior to the star going supernova, it looked like any other star to the untrained eye. In what has been perhaps the most documented Supernova event in modern times, scientists got a cosmic front row seat to witness an otherwise ordinary looking star suddenly explode and outshine its host nebula. Needless to say, the event proved to be powerful and effective in capturing the scientific world.
How can you and I as Christians go from having a less-than-stellar prayer-life to one that will shine through the often-times darkness of this life? How can we have a powerful and effective prayer life? Romans 8:21-28 gives the list of ingredients necessary for having such a life of prayer. As one writer once put it: "a man (and for that matter a woman) of God can never exceed in their public life the level to which they are with God in their private life." If we can take note of the principles Paul lays out here for praying with power, then we will have the Christian lives and churches that are also marked with the Spirit's power and enduement.