Prayer is my life and yet for the life of me, I have no idea when, where or at what time prayer is going to be answered. I feel like I am still in the kindergarten school of prayer and never will graduate. I’ve had prayer answered before it got out of my mouth, and other times it seems like it takes forever.
Prevailing prayer to me is simply to keep praying until I get a witness in my heart by the Holy Ghost. There have been times I’ve been told that my prayer will not be answered and I’m crazy to pray that way. Impossible? No, nothing is impossible, and that is the reason I am writing this. Never give up! Throw the lies back in the devil’s face, and keep praying on and don’t look back. Keep praying until God gives an answer. Some things only happen by fasting and prayer. Keep standing until the answer comes, and you know God has prevailed on your behalf. Any answer God gives, either a yes or a no, give God His praise. Even when a no is given, many times it’s not a total denial, it’s just that the time is not right yet. Hold on to God, trust Him, and see that He always comes right on time.
I have to believe all Christians desire to know God, serve Him and pray to Him. All of these innocent desires have a need of one important ingredient, and that is the heart. Who can stand in His holy place? He that has clean hands and a pure heart. It takes a life- time of serving and practice. Is it worth it? Yes! Have I arrived? No. I’ve spent more than a few hours with the Lord over the years, and I don’t regret one moment we’ve spent together. I know I repeat myself, but one touch, one word from His lips, is worth it all. The sweetness of His presence, I can’t even describe. All this to say, it’s an issue of the heart. To love, forgive, repent, to have compassion, or to weep with someone is a good starting point to entering the life of prayer with Christ. The secret of the prayer life, is to pray in secret, and God will take care of the outward work. By His signs and wonders, He receives the glory, while we simply walk in His footprints. Be Blessed
Two nights ago I stepped into the shower, and like most people, I do my best singing in the shower. I had just finished singing a little phrase to a song and began to pray for people all over the world. “Lord, give me my people and set them free.”
The pure love of God overwhelmed me and the realization hit me so hard, all I could cry out was, “I really do love all these people.” Sometimes we say we love everyone, but when God’s love hits us head on, that, my friends is when it becomes a life changer. It humbled me so greatly, all I could do was weep over my lack of love for these wonderful brothers and sisters of this world. I told God I was sorry and asked His forgiveness for my lack of love. Since God touched me, there has been a sweet release of God’s love and purpose, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I believe greater results will come upon you by God’s grace working in and through these prayers. My life won’t be the same and neither will yours, as God works in both our lives. Be blessed and where the Spirit is there is liberty.
Finishing my shower, I walked into our bedroom and my wife was already in bed. I sat down on the stool to read our daily devotional. While reading, I read a line telling about people being crushed under their afflictions, and suddenly I was pressed in my spirit. I was so full of tears and sorrow, all I could do was whisper a cry of prayer over these needed souls. After a while I rejoiced in thanking God for allowing me the privilege of giving this prayer. I found a treasure, for under my tears was joy, and I mean great joy, and again it humbled me. The Holy Spirit showed me that when I was starting to pray He took my hand and we bowed together under His wings, and he said,” Pray my child, for the Lord has need of this prayer.”
This is what God wants all of us to realize, that when we pray in earnest we are not left to our own devices. He is always with us as we make our petitions before Him, and He is the faithful witness. Rejoice my friends that we have a helper and great intercessor as our prayers are taken before the Father. Beloved, do not give up seeking God. Pray always with all prayers and believe, because it takes a prayer to make an answer.
My God is not a God, my God is the only God, the creator and author of all living things. He is the beginning and ending, author and finisher. His word is not maybe.When He says it’s finished, it is finished.
His compassion has no boundaries. He loves the young and the old, rich and the poor. He sees not the color of skin, but hears the need of the heart. He heals the sick, lifts up the lame, gives sight to the blind and raises the dead.
He is my God, my Savior, my Lord, my Healer, my Redeemer, my Father, my Friend, and my Counselor.
My God walks, talks, leads, guides and prays with me. He knows my every need, therefore I shall not want. His name is called the great I AM. He shelters me under His arm and watches over me day and night, never sleeps nor slumbers. His only Son, Jesus, name above all names, loved you and me so much that He gave up His life that we may live. My Savior came out of the grave on the third day, conquered death and defeated Satan.
What a glorious Savior. Who would not serve this God, this mighty king of glory. What a friend I have in Jesus. Is it any wonder that I should make my boast in Him? Knowing when I speak His name, He comes, not because of who I am, but because He loves me. He and I walk in the forest together and talk, and He tells me I am His own. He alone teaches me to pray, how and what to pray. His ways are not my ways, but He is patient and is helping me to know His ways.
His Holy Spirit is teaching me to be sensitive to His promptings, His gifts and most of all, to His voice. He is my God, my King. Have I told you this? He is teaching me to watch and pray, to be still and listen, wait and obey.
Rejoice, be happy, shout unto God with the voice of triumph. His sweet voice is always in my heart, the words for all to hear. Call unto me all who are weary and I will give you rest, I love you and I am listening for your prayer. Where are you? Hello, are you there? God says, come to me, and walk with me, learn of me, that your life should be full.
Waiting as the time nears, the midnight hour is a challenge to mind and body. The mind is tempted to drop it’s guard as the body grows tired. Is it worth the waiting? Yes. A few times at night the Lord comes to whisper to my heart of things much larger than I. So He gives me little things to do to test my obedience. I have failed many times and my heart cries out for another chance. There are so many people hoping in America and around the world, that there is someone praying for them. When tired or weary, these weigh upon me, and yet these are the very things that help me get up and keep praying. Can I lie down and trust that someone else is praying while I sleep at my post? I will not and cannot abandon my post, knowing it has been entrusted to me.
Will you pray with me for just a little while? God can do so much, even if our prayers seem small. Remember, God can create great things out of our faintest prayers. Will you join me in whatever hour you choose? Our Lord is waiting. We don’t want to disappoint Him, do we? “Lord we are coming; abide with us and teach us to pray. You are so strong, so hold up our arms lest we faint in the midst of the battle. In Jesus name, I give you the praise for answering. Amen.”
“Dad, I want a ball glove and I want a bicycle for Christmas.” Remember asking for those things, or how about, ” I want an ice cream cone” does that ring any bells. I thought so. I said that word want when I was a kid and even a teen. As a late teen and going on twenty I don’t think I used that word anymore. I never had much money so I had to begin thinking through about what I needed or was it just something I wanted. Changing my way of thinking saved me a lot of money and disappointment, and made straight my path for the future.
Ps. 23:1 says ” the Lord is my Shepard I shall not want. : That says it all. I am satisfied God will meet my every need and if there is anything else He will see to it that I lack no good thing. Oh! I still mess up once in a while, but He helps get my bearings straight again and get me back on course.
I contemplate about what is my greatest need and the answer comes to me simply, to be like Christ. That one answer means it will cost me everything but it is worth it all.
Consider all that you have bought and lost, or friends you’ve have or had, or places you have been. Are you still in the wanting stage of life or do you begin to see there is a greater need in your life. Consider the cost, is it worth having things of this world that you have seen fade away with time, or Christ who says ” I will never leave you nor forsake you and I will be with you always.”