Prayer… Communication with God
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us
whenever we pray to Him?”
Communication is the key to every relationship. This has been the principle ingredient in man’s relationship with God since the beginning. God, contrary to some popular beliefs, did not lock the universe in perpetual motion, and then abandon it. No, you are loved by God, and He deeply desires to commune with you through the medium of prayer.
Married couples know the value and importance of communication. Without it, the relationship will not grow, rather it will deteriorate and eventually explode as the pressure finally shatters the covenant that joined them in the beginning. A broken covenant is the end result of a refusal, or a neglecting, to communicate.
On the more productive side, when communication is frequent and in-depth, richness and fulfillment are the fruit to be enjoyed.
God wants to communicate with you. He wants to harvest the fruit of a rich and fulfilling relationship with you. He has made a way to communicate with you – will you pledge to communicate with Him? Will you invest in the security of your covenant with Him? YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
Prayer… The Custom of Jesus
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray,
and spent the night praying to God.”
Have you ever been to an all-night prayer meeting? Even a well organized one, with outlines to follow and a time of fellowship at the top of every hour, can be extremely exhausting and sometimes boring. How did Jesus do it? On His own? All night?
Actually, the answer is quite simple – He prayed often! He was accustomed to praying. He had developed a lifestyle consistent in communication with His father, as illustrated so many times in the four gospel accounts. Prayer was the mainstay of Jesus. He set the example, and urged others to follow suit.
When He was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil, the enemy found Him fasting (Matt. 4:1-11; Lk. 4:1-13). Prayer always accompanies fasting. The devil’s stratagems were thwarted, and as Luke describes it: “… the devil… left Him until an opportune time.” Jesus’ custom of prayer did not give the enemy an opportunity. What would have happened if Jesus had not had a custom of prayer?
When they came to arrest Him in the garden, they found Him praying. He was practicing His custom of prayer. His successful resurrection proved He did not fail. Once again He demonstrated the important outcome of a custom of prayer. What would have happened if Jesus had not had a custom of prayer?
What about you? Will the enemy find an opportune time to return? What will happen if you do not have a custom of prayer?
Prayer… The Command of God
“Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they
should always pray and not give up.”
The commands of God have divine purposes behind them. Nonsense is not a trait of God. He is a God of reason, and He commands you to pray – for a reason.
Prayer is the medium through which you and He commune. Your relationship with Him is dependent on frequent and in-depth communication. Without prayer, there is no communication; without communication, there is no relationship; without relationship, there is nothing remaining for a covenant to bind together.
If God did not want to interact with you, He would not have created the medium of prayer. The existence of prayer, and God’s command to implement it in your life, is proof positive of God’s sincere desire and longing to communicate with you.
Communication is a two-way street. He does not only absorb every sincere word spoken in prayer, but He speaks to you in return. His desire is to hear you, to listen to you, to care for you; to speak to you, to guide you, to express His love to you, and to empower you.
The King has a reason for His decree to pray. Will you be found obedient? Will you experience the benefit and the fruit of obedience? Will you give birth to a custom of prayer?
Prayer… God’s Apportioned Power
“… ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’
He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer.’”
Your war is a spiritual one. The spirit realm is one in which you have no power or authority – except through Jesus Christ. He is the ultimate authority, and He has absolute power.
As a Christian, Christ has deputized you with His authority and power. But, Beware! The power is not automatic. The disciples found this to be true. They encountered an evil spirit that would not obey their command to leave, even though they took authority in Jesus’ name. They took the problem to Jesus, and He immediately expelled the evil spirit. He had the necessary power to force the spirit into obedience.
Why did the disciples lack this power? Jesus revealed a secret to His power. God’s power is apportioned to us through prayer! The disciples had not yet developed a custom of prayer. They slept while Jesus did the praying. At the conclusion of this episode, the Lord’s custom of prayer proved to be the source of power from on high.
Later, He commanded the disciples to remain in Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high.” When did they receive this power? While they were praying! (Acts 1-2). From that point, the disciples had a custom of prayer. They could not live without it. They even assigned many of the tasks of the ministry to others, so their time could be spent in studying the Word, and in prayer.
What about you? Do you wait in prayer like the Lord did? Will you have the power to overcome the enemy when he arrives at your front door? What will happen if you already have a custom of prayer?
Prayer… The Prerequisite to Revival
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”
2 Chronicles 7:14-15
Revival is the awakening of those asleep; it is the resurrection of the dead; it is the softening of the hardened heart; it is the ignition of the fire long since snuffed out. Revival is the renewal of the romance between God and man; between God and woman; between God and child. The renewal of commitment and the rebirth of romance only comes through communication. No communication – no renewal.
As in a marriage, it takes hard work, and much effort to cultivate the roaring fire of love. The fuel of the fire is self; allowing self to be consumed by fire, so nothing can stand in the way.
A custom of prayer is built on the ashes of self. Like a beautiful flower protruding from the ashes of a forest destroyed by fire, so your life can be a beauty to be looked upon by God. To increase your beauty have a custom of prayer and communion with the Lord (1 Peter 3:3-5; Matt. 23:27-28). Your covenant relationship is dependent upon it (John 15:5-6). The future of the lost is dependent upon it.
Will you sacrifice your self? Will you develop a custom of prayer? Will you bring revival to our land? Time will tell…
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