Three Simple Steps to Make Your Prayers More Powerful

Nourish Your Biblical Roots Podcast Episode 100

Prayer is one of the greatest sources of power available to us — and yet many of us struggle with unanswered prayers or how to make our prayers more powerful. In today’s episode, host Yael Eckstein explores insights on the most effective way to pray from the Jewish tradition that have been used for thousands of years. As Yael explains in this podcast, our prayers can become more powerful when we pray for other, with others, and when we keep on praying. These insights are simple, yet profound, and as Yael demonstrates from her own experience, work! With so much to pray for these days, this episode is a good reminder of how amazing it is that we can speak directly to the Master of the Universe, and that He hears every single one of our prayers!

Episode Notes:

Today’s podcast is based on Genesis chapters 18 through 22, and host Yael Eckstein focuses on Genesis 20:17:

“Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, for the LORD had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.”

Yael explains that these verses reveal that while Sarah was being held captive, God brought an affliction on Abimelek and the members of his household, which prevented the women from having children. In the first official prayer in the Bible, Abraham prayed on the women’s behalf, and God healed them, making it possible for them to have children again.

Genesis 21:3 goes on: “Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.”

These verses tell us that, finally – after decades of waiting – Sarah became pregnant in her old age and gave birth to Isaac.

Yael explains how Jewish tradition teaches that when two events appear in the Bible back-to-back, it means that there is a connection between them – not just chronologically, but also in a deeper way. In this episode, we learn that the connection with these verses reveals to us a powerful secret about prayer: when we pray for others, just as Abraham prayed for Abimelek’s wife to conceive, our own prayers are answered. Yael relates this secret, and other powerful insights about prayer from the Jewish tradition, to her own prayer life and shares how you can make your prayer life effective and powerful as well!