But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. [Galatians 6:14]
Friday, March 20, 2009
Quiet Time Thoughts About Prayer
Prayer is a privilege. When we pray we have a personal audience with our heavenly Father. Prayer is talking to God. Prayer is fellowship with God. When we pray in Jesus name, we have instant access to God. No appointment is necessary; we can come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.(Heb.4:16) No Pastors or Priests are needed as middlemen in our prayers. Prayer is the foundation from which spiritual warfare is launched. Prayer is an act of discipleship. The word discipline is derived from the word disciple. We will not always feel like praying. But the Bible exhorts us, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-18) Prayer is an act of spiritual servanthood. It is something that must be cultivated in our lives on a daily basis.
When we wait on God through prayer, He gives supernatural strength and power. The Bible says " He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak" (Isaiah 40:29) We should pray earnestly:" Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6) We should pray with tears: Hebrews 5:7 We should pray and believe: "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" ( Mark 11:24)
The power of prayer is tremendous! Acts 4:31 tells us that after the believers prayed, the very place where they were meeting was physically shaken. They were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke the Word with boldness.
Find a prayer partner. Someone who you can share prayer adventures with. The Bible is full of references of God's people praying together. Acts 3:1 ; Acts 16:25 ; Acts 4:31 just to name a few. Pray with one another and people will begin to notice-- you have been with Jesus....