This morning, my thoughts, my mind and my heart must continue on this subject of prayer. Prayer is of the utmost importance to the believer.
Prayer is to ALWAYS come from the very heart and soul of man. When prayer is from the heart it becomes that of an intimate prayer of praise, worship and that of asking for our daily needs.
Prayer is what governs or you might say (rules) our conduct but conduct is what makes our character.
• Conduct is external, an action of what we do, the outward life.
• Character is internal, you might say, the hidden part of 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 (Christ-like) character in us and to make Christian conduct evident in our body; mind, heart and soul. I believe prayer is the very 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” Christ in us is to change our human nature. A praying “church” changings character, influence behavior and revolutionize conduct and can only happen through God’s Word, the preaching of the Gospel of Christ Jesus and Him crucified combined with the working of the Holy Spirit and through much prayer.
For prayer is the very tool that opens the heart which in turn allows Christ to work, producing cleanliness of heart and purity of life.
- True prayer and sinning cannot keep company together so when men pray they stop sinning.
- True prayer will bring about and accompany holiness of life, a 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, for the growth of His Kingdom.
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 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 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 its 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.”
Truely, prayer has a way to form our character which will show in our conduct. Prayer plays a vital step in building who we are in Christ Jesus.
As always, Love in Christ Jesus,