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Prayer Is Real Communication With God

Prayer Is Real Communication With God

in Christian Prayer on October 28, 2021

Jesus Wants To Talk To You.

Why and how do we pray? To give gratitude to our creator or to ask Him why He created us? To give Him praise & glory, or to pray for help through a difficult time? There are many reasons we pray. Some call on God when they need Him for help or for direction in life. Others talk to God all day long like when one talks a friend. I fit into all of the above. I pray all day and the Lord has called me to pray with you, for you, or for someone you love. Or even someone you do not know. I lift your thoughts, words, pain, suffering, thankfulness, hopes, and love for Christ to the heavens above for God’s mercy and love.

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When Jesus Was Praying For Others…
…He prayed for their faith (Luke 22:32), He prayed against temptation in their lives (Luke 22:40), He prayed for their unity (John 17:11), and He prayed for their sanctification (John 17:17). Paul prayed for the salvation of the lost (Romans 10:1); he prayed that the brothers would stay on the right path (2 Corinthians 13:7); he prayed that believers would be strengthened by the Spirit, rooted and grounded in love, able to comprehend God’s love, and filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14–19). These are all prayers for spiritual blessings; they are all “in Jesus’ name” and according to the Father’s will—prayers that are guaranteed to find a “yes” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
-Ephesians 3:16-19

Revelations About Praying

  • Praying for others is an important sacrificial ministry introduced to us by Jesus Himself (John 17:1-26).
  • If we consistently soak into deeper experiences of a sincere prayerful life, the Holy Spirit not only empowers us in our prayers but in our whole Christian life.
  • Through our earnest and unceasing prayers, we offer endless adoration, confessions, Thanksgivings, and supplications.
  • Praying is experiencing the peace of God. When we pray, God will work in our hearts. He conforms us to His will and fills us with His peace. We ask the Holy Spirit to intercede on their behalf.
  • Jesus and the Holy Spirit both intercede to God the Father on our behalf.
  • When we don’t know how to pray, or when we do a poor job at finding the right words to say, the Holy Spirit intercedes to God for us with the words that our soul is longing to say but is unable to do so. Jesus prays for us too, and that should give us tremendous comfort.
  • Praying for others brings God glory. We should seek to glorify God in every aspect of our life. When we pray for others, we are reflecting the way Jesus prays for us. Also, when we pray for others, we are reflecting God’s kindness.
  • Praying for others draws us nearer to God.
  • We need to pray not only for our friends and relatives, but we must pray for our enemies too. We pray for those who curse and persecute us (Matthew 5:44).
  • We pray for others for comfort, for salvation, for healing, for safety – for any number of reasons. God uses prayer to align our hearts to His will.
  • Intercessory prayer reflects God’s own character of outgoing love and mercy.
  • Pray for others from the heart, regularly, fervently, with detail, faith, and love.
  • Praying for others is important because it fulfills a New Testament command. We are to pray for all people (1 Timothy 2:1). We are to pray for government leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). We are to pray for the unsaved (1 Timothy 2:3). We are to pray for fellow Christians (Ephesians 6:18). We are to pray for ministers of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19–20). We are to pray for the persecuted church (Hebrews 13:3). Praying for others gets our focus off of ourselves and onto the needs around us. As we “carry each other’s burdens,” we “will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Revelations About Answering Prayer

  • Apart from God, we cannot do anything (John 15:5).
  • God answers prayers in his own time (Isaiah 65:24)
  • If the response to our prayers that is appropriate within His Deity, calls for mercy, reformation, rebuke, punishment, blessings or for whatever the fulfillment of His promises would require, that is surely what He will do.
  • God is sovereign and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Our ways are not His ways. His thoughts and ways are higher than our own (Isaiah 55:8-9). Being such, there will and will always be questions left unanswered within the intelligence of man.
  • Intercessory prayer is not a numbers game. God does not have to wait until 10 or 20 or 100 people pray about a situation in order to intervene. Prayer is not a vote or petition that God must act on if enough people “sign” it. Our prayers cannot force God to do anything.
10 Ways To Worship The Lord At Home

10 Ways To Worship The Lord At Home

in Worship on October 21, 2021

  1. Worship through music. So often we equate worship with music. But it isn’t the same thing; music is an avenue of worship, it can direct our hearts to the Lord. I believe the Lord created music just for this purpose. Job 38:7 says that the “morning stars [the angelic host] sang together” at the creation. Before God created the Earth and all that is in it, including humanity, he created the angels to worship with song. There are more than 100 verses in Psalms that refer to singing and music. Obviously, music is important to the Lord.
  2. Worship through prayer. Praying the Scriptures back to the Author is a powerful way to worship. Start with praying the Psalms. But even if you don’t pray the Scriptures, at least pray. God delights to hear our prayers (Psalm 66:19-20; Revelation 8:3, 4). He delights in answering them. He delights in blessing His children. Delight the Father’s heart in prayer.
  3. Worship through praise and thanksgiving. There are more than 250 verses in Scripture that speak of praise – almost 150 in Psalms alone! If you don’t think praise is important, check out Psalms 146 – 150. Praise means simply telling God how great He is – praise Him for His love, His forgiveness, His patience, His creation, His gifts, for anything and everything. Thanksgiving is similar. Instead of praising Him for who He is, we praise Him for what He has done for us personally. Got two eyes to see? Thank him. Got a roof over your head? Thank Him. Got food on the table? Thank Him. Thank Him in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
  4. Worship through confession of sin. Sin breaks the heart of our Father. He weeps to see His children making wrong choices, just as any loving parent would. But He has made a way of redemption. If you are a child of God, all you need to do is admit your sins to Him, ask for His cleansing, and commit to not sinning again. It doesn’t mean you won’t sin again – but that you are seriously committed to trying in the power of the Holy Spirit to not sin again. Need inspiration? Go to Psalm 51.
  5. Worship through the Word. You may have noticed in my posts that I tend to have a lot of Bible verses. That’s because I think what I have to say is secondary – like way down the list – to what God has to say! Spending time in the Word every day is a way of worshipping the Father. He gave us the Word and wants us to use it and love it (Psalm 119:97, 113, 163). Psalm 119 is a beautiful tribute to the Word. If you want to fall in love with the Word, spend a few days there. You could even spend an entire month – taking one 8-verse section per day and praying and praising through it.
    Worship through listening. If music, prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and confession are us speaking to God, then the Word and sitting in silence are the way He speaks to us. Listen to God and expect Him to speak to you through His word, the voice of the Spirit inside you, good Christian writing, or other believers.
  6. Worship through giving. Give your time, talents, and treasure. Give because He has given so much to you. Give because He loves you and you love Him. Just give. “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38.For More On Giving See This Post
  7. Worship through serving. Serve others, serve at the church, serve your family. Serve because Jesus came as a Servant (Matthew 20:28; John 12:26). One way to serve others is to ask them a simple question: “How may I help you?” This question first entered my life through The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson. It was explained more fully in You Were Born For This, also by Bruce Wilkinson. I have not been practicing it long but hope to report in the future about how God is using that simple question in my life. I have used it mostly with my family, which I think is a good training ground, but I pray for boldness to use it outside of my circle of comfort.
  8. Worship through nature. Worship the Father through spending time in His creation. The stones will cry out if we do not (Luke 19:40); let’s not be upstaged by rocks! Nature testifies to the spectacular, amazing creative powers of the Lord and His greatness and glory (Psalm 19:1-6). As you walk through a park, praise God for the cardinals and bluebirds, for the turning of the seasons, for the oxygen you breathe, and for the sun that shines in a blue sky. Let nature do its job and turn your eyes to the Lord.
  9. Worship daily, in the small parts of daily life. God does not despise the small offerings we give Him (Mark 8:7; 12:42). So, in the daily-ness of life, worship God by being faithful in the small jobs He has given you: laundry, dishes, working, raising children, and paying bills. Faithfulness in small things results in larger opportunities to be faithful (Luke 16:10; 1 Corinthians 4:2). How? Praise God for children who make dirty clothes while doing the laundry. Thank God for a healthy family while fixing meals. Listen to God speak to you in the quiet of your commute as you turn off all outside noises. Sing worship songs to Him in your car. Ask Him to show you creative ways to worship Him throughout the day and He will.
  10. Worship should be a specific time in our day and our week that we set aside to spend with the Lord. But it should also be a lifestyle. A heart that turns to God throughout the day, in praise, in prayer, in service, is a heart that is daily worshipping the God who deserves all praise.