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The Necessity of Prayer in the Life of the Believer
We must be prepared! There is a perfect storm brewing. Most of the areas of our life are at critical mass. If there is any time in our lives where prayer proves to be a necessary part of our daily life, it is today! Prayer is one of the four main vehicles that help us exercise our faith in Christ Jesus. Prayer is one of the four integral elements we are to be focused on as the children of God. The other three are worship, the study of scripture and fellowship with the saints. (Acts 2:42) These four are the foundation of our experience, intimacy and growth with our Heavenly Father in the body of Christ. The importance of prayer in every segment of our discipleship with our Lord Jesus was demonstrated last month with our Revival Prayer with Dr. Krabbendam
In the Luke 11 passage containing The Lord’s Prayer, notice the Lord Jesus begins His lesson to us on prayer with the presupposition that we will be praying, saying: “When you pray…” The Creator of our world teaches us what He wants to hear from us! Think about this for a minute, Almighty God wants to hear from us! This strongly suggests that our Heavenly Father has an ear for us! Understand this is a privilege given to us, “we have God’s ears,” indeed! Another amazing, fantastic and exciting blessing from our Heavenly Father, and wonders of all wonders is He answers us! Please take the time to have a conversation with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Go to Luke chapter eleven and remind yourself of content of your prayers and then keep reading to the end of the thirteenth verse. Christ Jesus gives us an illustration covering the contents, frequency and expectation for the efficacy of our prayers to Him. The Apostle Paul adds through the leading of the Holy Spirit: “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints …” Ephesians 6:18
Charles Spurgeon adds: Your wants were innumerable, and therefore the supplies have been infinitely great, and your prayers have been as varied as the mercies have been countless. Then have you not cause to say, “I love the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of my supplication”? For as your prayers have been many, so also have been God’s answers to them. He has heard you in the day of trouble, has strengthened you, and helped you, even when you dishonored Him by trembling and doubting at the mercy-seat. Remember this, and let it fill your heart with gratitude to God, who has thus graciously heard your poor weak prayers. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.”
Without the exercise of the spiritual discipline of prayer can anyone really believe and come to know and trust the Triune God? Dear ones, the desired goal is a more intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father, increased experience of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ, and to glorify and enjoy Him. Be prepared and stay under the Shadow of the Almighty!
Luke begins our account in chapter 11 saying: “1 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “ When you pray, say:
‘ Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 ‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4 ‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation. ’”
5 Then He said to them, “ Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything. ’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (NASB)
Charles Spurgeon speaks of prayer in the following meditation:
FEBRUARY 06 — AM, Morning and Evening
“Praying always.” — Ephesians 6:18
What multitudes of prayers we have put up from the first moment when we learned to pray. Our first prayer was a prayer for ourselves; we asked that God would have mercy upon us, and blot out our sin. He heard us. But when He had blotted out our sins like a cloud, then we had more
prayers for ourselves. We have had to pray for sanctifying grace, for constraining and restraining grace; we have been led to crave for a fresh assurance of faith, for the comfortable application of the promise, for deliverance in the hour of temptation, for help in the time of duty, and for succour in the day of trial. We have been compelled to go to God for our souls, as constant
beggars asking for everything. Bear witness, children of God, you have never been able to get anything for your souls elsewhere. All the bread your soul has eaten has come down from heaven, and all the water of which it has drank has flowed from the living rock — Christ Jesus
the Lord. Your soul has never grown rich in itself; it has always been a pensioner upon the daily bounty of God; and hence your prayers have ascended to heaven for a range of spiritual mercies all but infinite. Your wants were innumerable, and therefore the supplies have been infinitely
great, and your prayers have been as varied as the mercies have been countless. Then have you not cause to say, “I love the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of my supplication”? For as your prayers have been many, so also have been God’s answers to them. He has heard you in the
day of trouble, has strengthened you, and helped you, even when you dishonoured Him by trembling and doubting at the mercy-seat. Remember this, and let it fill your heart with gratitude to God, who has thus graciously heard your poor weak prayers. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
forget not all His benefits.”
Paul again adds: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might…” Ephesians 1:18-19.
Now it’s your turn to pray. “Stay under the Shadow of the Almighty” dear ones! May the love of God and the fellowship of the Spirit be with you now and until Jesus comes again!