In today’s thought I must say, prayer is not a mere form, a child’s play.
- Prayer is serious, at times difficult work, the mightiest and yet the divinest work which man can do. When prayer comes from the spirit and soul of man, God responds.
- Truly prayer lifts men out of earthliness and links them with the heavenly.
- Prayer must never become that of a formality; such as official praying, state praying, mere habit praying. God detest that of formal praying; for with it comes a strong hold and a strong following.
- True prayer, that out of a sincere, from the heart prayer, is where answered prayer is formed.
The secret to answered prayer simply lays in this statement: God has given us the standards to praying, “pouring out the soul before God” and “seeking with all the heart,” as James says about Elijah, that he “prayed with prayer.”
Prayer is the avenue through which God supplies man’s wants (needs). In James 1:5 we have “asking” set forth as prayer: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.”
What is Prayer? Prayer is: asking of God and receiving from the Lord –direct application to God, immediate connection with God – that is prayer!
- In John 5:13 we have this statement about prayer: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hearth us. And if we know that he hearth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
- In Philippians 4:6 we have these words about prayer: “Be careful for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known unto God.”
It is exciting to know that God hears our prayers and He answers our prayers!
Prayer is God’s life-giving breath…the breath of prayer in man is from God.
The promises in God’s Word are for us today but it will take true praying from the heart, our mind soul and spirit; to see them fulfilled in one’s life.
A promise is like the unsown seed, the germ of life in it, but the soil and culture of prayer are necessary to germinate and culture the seed.
Let’s began to cultivate our promise by using God’s way, communication to God with prayer; through faith believing and praying the promises of God.
Meet the conditions of the promise; for God will be moved by “the earnest prayer of the righteous one.”
The answer to prayer is assured not only by the promises of God, but by God’s relationship to us as a Father.
Matthew 6:6, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father, which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”
Again we have these words: “If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father, which is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?”
By prayer God gives us the vast and matchless inheritance which is ours by virtue of his Son. Throughout the Bible God has promised to answer prayer.
Second Psalm: the purposes of God to Christ are decreed on prayer, all dependent on prayer, “Ask of me.”
Seventy-second Psalm: an insight of the mighty possibilities of prayer, you might say, as the “force” which God moves on the conquest of Christ: “prayer shall be made for continually.” Continual prayer for continual needs.
Ephesians chapter three: Paul reminds those believers of the eternal purposes of God, and how he was bowing his knees to God so that eternal purposes might be accomplished and that they “might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Revelation chapter eight: the relation and necessity of prayers to God‘s plans and operations of executing the salvation of men wherein the angels have to do with the prayers of the believers.
The very bases of prayer rest not simply on a promise but it rests on A RELATIONSHIP.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,