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THE BELIEVER AND HIS PRAYER LIFE VIII
(The Blessings of Prayer!)
” Call unto me, and I will answer thee, ans shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3
In 1st Thessalonians 5:17 believers are exhorted to,” Pray without ceasing.” A busy life of service is no substitute for a burning labor in supplication. In our Christian ministry, action can never replace unction. The Apostle Paul knew from experience the natural tendency to neglect prayer, and to become slothful in this vital ministry. The phrase “watching thereunto” means “ being sleepless thereunto“. How much sleep we have lost because of an unquenchable desire to pray? So much of the prayer life we are accustomed to amounts to nothing more than saying, “a prayer”! Therefore it is a lifeless and fruitless prayer, with no blessings to harvest from!
A man once told how a lifeless prayer meeting, before his conversion, nearly made him an atheist. He said, “ these Christians prayed so much and were not answered, was a sad stumbling-block for me. I knew not what to make of it!” When he was asked if he did not desire their prayers, he said, “No; I am conscious that I am a sinner, but I do not see that it will do any good for you to pray for me, for you are continually asking, but you do not receive.” He rightly concluded that the reason of their non-success was their non-compliance with the revealed conditions upon which God had promised to answer, and that they did not expect the things they prayed for.” May God help us believers, from this kind of barren prayer life that does not bring any blessing to us, and to all those we pray for.
As we have seen in our previous article on prayer, for the believers prayer is their privilege and their God given right. It is our privilege since God’s unmerited grace is the source of our relationship. Romans 5:2 reads, ” …. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God….” When these privileges and divine rights are exercised in prayer, they bring blessings of untold magnitude. Below are delineated a few of these blessings:
1.PRAYER BRINGS DELIGHT TO THE SAVIOR: In Proverbs 15:8 we read, ” the prayer of the upright is His delight.” While what God says to us in His Word is more important than what we say to Him in prayer, God longs to hear his children commune with Him in prayer. Believers bring great delight to God’s heart when they seek His face at the heavenly throne. Every true parent loves (delights) to hear his child asking for comfort in trouble, protection in danger, and the supply of his wants, so is our heavenly Father is who delights in our prayers to Him, ” Abba Father…...”
2.PRAYER BRINGS DEPENDENCE TO THE SOUL: In Hebrews 4 16 we read, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Just as a child stretches out his hand and calls to his father and mother for help , the parents love his call, our heavenly Father teaches us his children to “ call upon him in the day of trouble.” The praying heart is a dependent soul. Believers who saturate their lives with prayer are dependent saints, knowing their own skills and strength are insufficient.
3.PRAYER BRINGS DEFEAT TO THE SEDUCER: In Revelation 12:11 we read, “ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” The plea of the Tribulation saints against the adversary was the blood of Christ. This also will be the believers plea today in prayer for overcoming the assaults of Satan. Satan still trembles when he sees the weakest saints on their knees.
To be continued…………………
From The Staff of Peoples Gospel Hour
How to be Saved …and KNOW it – your most important stop on this site.
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.