“It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business of the morning and the last business of the evening”….. Martin Luther King
How is your prayer life? Hmmm, would you say “I pray daily, several times a day, occasionally, only at church?” Praying is having a conversation with God, did you know that or did you think that praying was just asking for this or that? During our conversation the “two way” conversation, the Lord wants some quiet time with us, no matter where you pray or have a walk, sitting in your swing or whatever it is that is relaxing to you. Stop and listen for the Lord to speak, he has things he would like to say. Recently, through a ladies retreat I attended, I realized that my prayer life needed some work..
You see I prayed daily, sometimes several times a day, before each meal, when a prayer request came in on our prayer chain, etc. But, that wasn’t necessarily what God wanted from me. In prayer you are stepping out in faith usually asking for things. FAITH is a PERSON (JESUS) – you see we cannot hinge on our own faith, we have to hinge on HIS faith. Only HIS faith is perfect and it is HIS faith that is ours. We must trust him, he believes in us. Remember that prayer cannot be substituted by good works and the most meaningful prayer comes from the heart of the one that has faith and trust in God.
Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – We must pray always because we cannot win without God’s help. We must be watchful as God does not give victory without full commitment – Supplication we must pray for other believers
Spirit Intercedes: Romans 8:26 The Spirit helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. The Spirit prays to the Father for us, the Spirit knows what’s on our heart “groanings from our heart” is what the Spirit prays to the Father. So you see even in times of despair and we are at a loss for words – PRAY. You may not be sure what to pray, but the HOLY SPIRIT knows and will intercede for you. What a MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!
Power of prayer: James 5:16 the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man AVAILS much. Acts 4:31 when the disciples prayed the building around them shook and they were filled with the Holy Spirit & spoke God’s word with Boldness. Numbers 11:2 The people cried out to Moses and when he prayed to the Lord, the fire was quenched. In James when the righteous man prays he Avails much – he will have the power through Jesus Christ to prevail. In Acts the building around them shook, have you ever prayed and the building shook? Could you imagine, that shows how powerful prayer can be. It says that the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke God’s word with BOLDNESS. I can only imagine how spirit filled they were. You see if we can get our prayer life in order, and give God the time he needs from us. We can experience the power of prayer. They spoke with boldness, what would you do if during your prayer your home shook and you knew it was from your prayer? Suppose you had lost your eyesight and you prayed for it to be restored and it was. Wouldn’t you want to shout from the roof tops and you would be so full of the spirit, it would be contagious. Friends, this is how we are supposed to be all times. Just because we may not have the building shake or something happen right in that moment that we physically experience, that doesn’t mean God is not working in your life. Give HIM all the glory, honor and praise. God is all knowing and all powerful, nothing can overcome Him. He is definitely who I want to be praying too.
Matthew 6:6 When you pray, go into your room, shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. If you don’t have a special “room” for your praying time, select a special place in your home where you know it will be quiet and secret. This is a time for spending time with our precious Savior. The Lord doesn’t reject public prayer, but public prayers are not a time to gain attention to the one who prays.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. The next time you pray, draw near to Him and be quiet, listen for what He has to say to you. He is always ready to hear our prayers. The part of the scripture that says “you double-minded” that refers to the Christians that that are divided in their heart between God and the world. The purifying cleanses us from the evil deeds and wicked intentions that lie in our hearts. Our flesh harbors wicked intentions and that is why we must die to ourselves daily and let the Lord live through us.
Psalm 55:17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. The Psalmist says here morning, noon and evening he will pray.. How many of us give the Lord that much time in one day? He gave us HIS LIFE. Daniel 6:10 Daniel went to his upper room he knelt down three times that day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom in early days. You see Daniel wasn’t concealing his prayers, he was giving God his all in his times of prayer. No television, phones, errands or whatever… God needs our whole mind, body & spirit in prayer with HIM and not with just a part of us because 90 things are going on in your home at once. Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to the prayer and the ministry of the word. This is continually praying, sure that doesn’t mean every moment of the day, but you need to make sure you are giving God the appropriate prayer time, praying consistently. When you pray, the Lord fills you. This is the fulfillment that allows you keep your focus day to day.
Luke 22:40-46 He said to them “Pray that you may not enter into temptation” vs41 he withdrew from the disciples about a stones thrown and HE (Jesus) knelt and prayed vs 42 “Father if it is YOUR will, take this cup away from ME; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done. Vs 44 He prayed earnestly vs 46 He said “why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation. Twice in these few scriptures it is said pray that you don’t enter into temptation. You see when we don’t stay “prayed up” you are more likely to fall into that temptation trap. You must keep yourself strong in the Lord, in his word, through prayer and circumstances. The more you give yourself to the Lord, in prayer and his word, the more the devil is going to come at you. If you noticed in vs 40 it states Jesus knelt….. Jesus, our Savior, Redeemer, King of Kings knelt in prayer!! Why can’t we kneel in prayer, why can’t we even pray effectively, continuously and in the quiet, secret place? We allow too many worldly things to distract us and keep us from staying on our knees.
These thoughts on prayers ended being much longer than I had expected and maybe I should have broken it into several parts, but I hope that you gained something from this read. I have learned so much in such a short period of time doing the “Thought” talks. I don’t call them devotions because I don’t think I am anywhere near equipped to be presenting devotions. I thank the Good Lord above for all he has done for me.
Love in Christ,