Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Prayer is so vital

I just really felt like the Lord was telling me to devote this day's study to prayer.  Here in the South, Wednesdays are often "prayer meeting" days for many of the churches. Folks meet and sing some hymns, and then there is a time that they can voice their requests for prayer.

Sometimes a request is shared, that has a name you can hang your hat on. A sickness, some grief, a decision that needs to be made.
Sometimes a request can be so personal - so much a matter between that person and God, that it is voiced simply as an "unspoken" request.

All of us are sisters in Christ, and can help to "bear one another's burdens" by seeking the Lord in prayer, and lifting up the requests that we are aware of. When Tonya started this study blog, she wrote a page called "How to Pray" that can be found on the list on the right-hand side of the main page. Click there and read her thoughts on prayer, and the guidelines that she listed --- the ACTS reminders for our prayer time.

I'd like to offer some verses about prayer. I'm sure they are familiar to you:
Philippians 4:6-7
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 comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing. in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 145:18
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.

And as I alluded to earlier, in Galations 6:2, Paul reminds us to "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."

We can learn from Christ's example: Luke tells us that Jesus went away to the mountain to spend all night in prayer.

I hope you will set aside a few moments today, perhaps now, perhaps later.  Clear your mind of all distractions, and begin by telling the Lord of your adoration of Him. Don't worry if you can't find just the right words --- Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us when we can't say what we want to say to Him.
Continue by confessing your sin -- your prayers can't be effective if you are holding on to some sin that would distance you from Jesus.
Thank Him for His mercy, His grace, and His love for you. Step out in faith, and thank Him for the answers that He will provide for you.
Then ask Him your specific requests. Pour out your heart to God, and let His peace fill you.  Claim the promise of I John 5: 14-15:
And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 

Please contact me by email if you have a request that you would like for us to pray for. Or leave me a comment asking me to follow up with you -- I will, and I will post your request on the Prayer page of this blog. Also check the Prayer Request page, and if a request is out of date, please let me know so that I can keep the page up to date for all of us.
Prayer is so vital. We can be prayer warriors, and be blessings to each other. We are most powerful on our knees. 


Belinda said...

Funny you should post about this today. Well not really, because God doesn't do coincidence, now does He? I was thinking about my prayer life yesterday and last night. I know a lot of folks who pray while they are driving, but I'm not usually one of those. I fear I will be distracted, and also I just don't think about doing it most of the time. I did yesterday. And it was like you said, the Holy Spirit knew what I needed to say, so I was able to just be still as I drove, and think of those I needed to pray for. I just turned off the radio, and drove with my mind and heart open to God.

I also thought about how God brings us back to Him, and back to prayer when there is something worrisome going on in our lives. And I am ashamed that it takes that to bring me to my senses. :/

Cathy said...

I always think of Prayer as the open door to the Throne Room! Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us!!! Just think of that!!! ♥♥♥

Linda said...

I also have appreciated your writing and sharing today. Prayer puts us in a different mind set for the day.

Often times when I am unable to sleep at night, I will have a conversation with the Lord something like..."Ok Lord, I am awake, Thank you for giving me this quiet time for you. Who needs special prayer now?" I will begin to pray by praising Him, thanking Him, and then whoever He brings to mind I will hold in prayer to Him.

Sometimes the following day I will email the ones I have prayed for. So often I hear back how they have needed the prayer... Not always do I contact is more how He leads.

An awesome part of prayer is from the Matthew 18:20:
"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Just knowing that when we are praying together--even in spirit or thought-He is with us. WOW!