Prayer is a very powerful key in the way we overcome the devil in the everyday battles we face.
The more time that you spend with God in prayer; the stronger you will become and the better you will understand the purposes of God for you in His kingdom. As we pray, we gain wisdom and courage to resist the devil in our lives.
Satan will do everything he can to fill up your life so as to make you believe that you don't have time to pray. Also, he will bring circumstances and crisis that eat up your time and keep you from your life of prayer and important time with the Lord.
All of us must begin to look for times in all of our busyness when we can retreat to the Lord in prayer and fellowship. Be driven to prayer by your desire.
If you are too busy to pray then you are on a pathway to spiritual and emotional collapse. You will be drained in your emotions, and the roller coaster of life will begin to speed out of control. Find time to pray. Make time to pray.
Put down the remote control; hang up the telephone; make the children settle down; unplug from the voices of our generation and make time to get alone with God. If you don't, you will be committing spiritual suicide.
Pray until you pray through!! Pray until the breakthrough comes.. Do not set a time limit on your time together with your sweetest friend. In the Bible, Daniel prayed 3 times a day. David rose up early in the morning to talk with God and communed with Him at night upon his bed. He praised the Lord all day long. Paul prayed without ceasing. Read Romans 1:9
These great men enjoyed relationship with God. For Daniel it was regimented and disciplined; for David it was a continual song all day long; and Paul was so active in the business of the Lord, his prayer life remained constant and regular because of the intensity of his ministry battles.
When you spend time with God; as you get to know Him, your hunger and desire to know Him more will increase.
Someone may ask "what should I pray for?" Well, look to Jesus as the example. Jesus prayed with regard to specific cases; He prayed for direction; He prayed for blessing; He prayed for emotional strength; He prayed for His disciples; and He prayed just to be in communion with the Heavenly Father. Whatever was on His heart, Jesus brought it to the Father. This is the way prayer should be for us too.
" Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" [Philippians 4:6-7].
This verse shows us the content of prayer--- "everything that concerns us"; and the goal of prayer---" peace and knowing that we have touched the living God."
The end result of a healthy prayer life is POWER. And in our next installment, we will look at that.
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