The Prayer Life of the Believer
The perfect storm that has been brewing for many years is now here. We must be prepared! Most of the areas of our life are at critical mass. If there is any time in our lives where pray- er demonstrates it’s place as a necessary part of our daily life, it is today! Prayer is one of our 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, as you know, are worship, the study of scripture and fellowship with the saints. (Acts 2:42) These four are the foundations 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 has been demonstrated in our fellowship throughout the years.
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 attention, 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 effica- cy 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 sup- plication”? 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? Likewise, we can be prepared for the things to come. Dear ones, don’t forget the desired goal is a more intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father, that includes, increased experience of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ, along with glorifying and enjoying Him. Prepare yourself and stay under the Shadow of the Almighty dear ones!