To preface this letter, I would like to dedicate this letter to my Brother, Reverend Daniel Lundmark, who stepped into the arms of Jesus early this morning, March, 31st, 2019. My Brother Danny Ministered the Gospel as a Pastor for 50 years and lived His life as a “Christian” both in conduct and character. He will truly be missed by me as a Brother and to all who new Him.
Let’s began by stating, prayer is what governs conduct but conduct is what makes character.
• Conduct is external…what we do, the outward life.
• Character is internal…what we are, the life unseen, the hidden but evidence by what we see.
Prayer is the helper for both conduct and character. Yes, the very purpose of Christ atoning work is to create religious character and to make Christian conduct and I believe prayer is the instrument which brings this about.
Prayer is to change the character and conduct of men just as the “church” is to take hold of evil men and make them good. Yes, the mission of the “church” is to change human nature…to change character, influence behavior and revolutionize conduct; which can only happen through God’s Word.
How can we develop character? Let’s look at theses scriptures in the Bible.
- Controlling our thoughts. Philippians 4:8.
- Practicing the Christian virtues. 2 Peter 1:5-6
- Guarding our hearts. Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 15:18-20
- Keeping good company. 1 Corinthians 15:33
The Preached Word as we receive it into our hearts will transform us into the person God wants us to be. Yes, preaching of the Gospel of Christ Jesus and Him crucified and through much prayer. For prayer is the very tool that produces cleanliness of heart and purity of life.
Prayer and sinning cannot keep company together, when prayer comes from the heart. So when men pray they stop sinning. True Prayer brings about and accompanied with holiness of life, separation from the world and severance from sin. Prayer brings influence into our life…
1. …to be possessed by an earnest desire to please Him in all our ways.
2. …to possess hands busy in His service.
3. …to quickly run in the way of His commandments, yes, to obey His Word, His commandments, a follower in all His ways.
Remember, life is a condition of prayer and prayer is the condition of righteous living.
Prayer and obedience go hand and hand. Obedience is faith in action. Truly, obedience to God’s Word opens the gates of the holy city and gives access to His promises. Along with obedience we have access to God through praise and worship; which you might say, takes us into the Holies of Holies and to His throne. Obedience is simply doing the will of God.
Can a man keep all of God’s commandments? Yes, I believe prayer, is the very method that enables man to keep morally pure, to build spiritually and stay obedient to God’s Word. God has spoken in His Word that He would not put on man more than what He could handle and make a way of escape for those walking in Godly ways. Yes, God has made a way of escape and I believe prayer is the very tool and way of escape that God uses.
Let me say, obedience does have it’s rewards, for Apostle John states, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in His sight.”
This task of obedience is not a hard one, for Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light. Many times as Christians we wonder why there is lack of success in our lives. There are times in our life we need to evaluate our relationship with God in all our ways.
Obedience is the very key that opens the doorway to a successful Christian life. The lack of obedience in our lives breaks down our praying. Many times the life is in rebellion and this places us where praying is almost impossible, except it be of the pardoned mercy of God through a repentant heart.
Again let me say, disobedience shuts the door of the inner chamber, the very way to the Holy of Holies. All successful praying comes through by surrendering the very will, the heart of man. Simply put, there’s no other way to be effective in prayer and be happy in Jesus but to “trust and obey God.”
Another area of Prayer is that of vigilance, that is to say, be watchful, be alert, be observant, and be aware…for the Christian soldier as stated by Paul in Ephesians is that of conflict, which has many different seasons. There are seasons of prosperity and seasons of testings; troubles, temptations, light and darkness, victory and battles, but always remember, the battle is not ours. Jesus overcame Satan, and so can we, for Christ is in us, the Hope of Glory!
In the New Testament “watch” is translated as:
- Absence of sleep; a wakeful frame of mind, keep awake, attentive, constant, vigilant.
- Full awake; a rousing effort, an excitement to attention and interest, active, cautious,
- To be calm and collected in spirit; defined as; dispassionate, untouched by slumberous or beclouding influences, a wariness against all pitfalls and beguilements.
Let me break it down this way. This 3rd translation used in the Bible for the meaning “watch” is probably one of the most overlooked in the Christian life. As we are “watchful” this includes that of being calm in our spirit; we must know who we are and whose we are in Christ.
Yes, untouchable and alerted to influences and guarded against any and all snares, troubles and difficulties; including charming, luring, fascinating and mesmerizing situations; as though real but counterfeit. This will take nothing less than the Holy Spirit leading and guiding the believer.
In another letter, I had written on the importance to “seek God”. We as believers are to “seek the things above.”
To “seek” – is to aspire, to desire and with passion. In order to seek the things above, the mind must be set on them. This will take “loving heavenly things.” In other words, let your hearts be entirely engrossed by them.
“Earthly things” are not all evil, but there are some of them that are. Some things that are not harmless in themselves may become harmful if permitted to take the place of the things reserved for things above.
- As stated in Colossians 5 – 9 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry… rid yourself of all such things as these: anger, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other.
Another way to look at this; the Christian is to pray at all times, in all seasons… “praying always, with all prayer.” The Christian soldier, if he fights to win, must be one of much prayer which enables him to defeat his enemy, the devil and his demons.
Yes, the Christian life is warfare, of intense conflict, a battle waged against invisible foes, which are ever alert and seeking to entrap, deceive and ruin the souls of men. The battle is our Lords but it will take our prayers to defeat Satan in our lives.
Another way to see this is , sometimes one will say:
- “Music is his life” or
- “Sports is his life” or
- “He lives for his work.”
“Of the Christian let it be said, “Jesus Christ is his life.”
Again let me quote Apostle Paul, the Christian warrior is compelled to “endure hardship like a good soldier.” The Christian soldier wrestles not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness (spirits) in high places. Yes, the Christian warrior must “put on the whole armor of God” and “to pray with all prayer (different manners) of prayer and supplication (asking) in the Spirit.”
How can the brave warrior for Christ be braver still? The power of prayer is that which adds to the fighting qualities of a more certain victories in God’s good fighting men. It will take prayer, and more prayer to “fight the good fight of faith.”
It cannot be stated enough that the Christian experience, the life of the Christian soldier is a life of continual prayer; power only given by Christ, the lawgiver of prayer. Yes, the intention, implication and action of the Christian soldier is all dependent on its being a life of prayer.
How can the Christian soldier fail, if in addition to putting on the armor of God he is, at all times and all seasons, “watching and praying.”? Yes, prayer must be added to the armor of God in one’s life for a life of victory.
The Christian experience will be without power and of no effect; and the Christian influence will be dry and barren, unless prayer has a high place in the life. Truly the value of prayer in one’s life is priceless. It will mean everything in this life; for without prayer situations just get worse and life seems worthless.
Again let me say that Praying God’s word can and will govern our conduct but conduct is what truly makes our character. For prayer is the very thing that moves God and in turn God is the very one that moves the mountains and causes change for the good in one’s life.
May PRAYER be considered in all we do, in all things! My prayer for all believers today, to continue to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Christ.
Love in Christ Jesus,