The power of prayer, men ought to always pray; the question is why? Why do we pray? Do we know what prayer is? Why is it important? What significance does it have in our lives? A lot of question and in this book you will find the answers.
Without a good strong prayer life we canít make this journey in life. Prayer comes from the heart and God hears us from the heart. Many believe and says that what he hear us speak he will answer but how many of us speak what we really donít believe? How many times have we spoken things amidst?
If we would be real with ourselves most of us donít pray until there is a need. Many donít pray at all and many donít know how or understand why they should pray. Imagine Jesus on a journey to save a sinful world including us and not knowing how to go before the throne of his Father! Or imagine Paul going to the Gentiles with the message of Christ and not knowing how to talk to God.
Prayer shuts up the enemy of our soul. It shuts up our earthly enemies too! When someone comes against Godís people they canít win. In this way you will create many enemies because of your stand for Christ, for righteousness. Can you imagine being burned in your own house? They will try to send you to hell, therefore we must learn how to pray, get the power of prayer in our wardrobe and pray always. We should wear prayer in our heart like a second set of skin!
Prayer is communion with God; the offering to Him of petitions for mercies or blessings desired, and thanksgiving and praise for those received. It is the soulís desire for God.
Prayer assures us of open rewards from God. It helps us to get it right. Jesus was the Son of God, come from heaven to earth and he had to pray. He had to talk to his Father. He had to be Spirit filled, led and controlled. Jesus the perfect Gift to men had to pray. Not only that he taught us how that we ought to pray. He said in Luke 18:1 as he taught the Disciples that men ought to always pray and not to faint.
Always means at all times, continuously, forever present in the atmosphere, on all occasions, and at any time. We are to pray when we want to as well as when we need too. We pray in every instance with no exception. That means we should always be in communion talking to God. We should always offer our petitions before him in prayer. We should always give thanks to God for what he has done for us, what He is doing now and what He will do.
In our prayer we are to give in to Godís desire for our lives. Although we donít always understand the way we take surrender to his will nevertheless. Jesus surrendered over his flesh to the Father in prayer before he went to the Cross to die for us (Luke 22:39-44). His flesh desired to stay with the Disciples but he knew for what purpose he had come. When he told them to pray that they enter not into temptation, he left them, kneeled down and prayed. But when he came back after being strengthened by the Angel and praying more earnestly he found them asleep. He spoke to them a second time to rise and pray that they enter not into temptation.
Prayer will keep us strong and it will take us through all we have to go through. Prayer is what Jesus did daily; all the time. He prayed for them and prays for us today that our faith fail us not. We have been converted to convert others that they too may believe (Luke 22:32).
He said that the Church is asleep and itís time for us to wake up and hear what God has to say. As well as hear God wants us to do what He says and not man. Some of us have entered into contracts that God is not pleased with. Some of us have sold our souls to men for position, place, and notoriety. Now because we have done this we are sluggards, one that is habitually lazy. As long as we are doing what man says we feel we are okay; but not so!
Prayer keeps us, it changes circumstances, conditions and positions in our lives.
Jesus told us to not only pray but to watch also. Luke 21:31-36 and take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Prayer keeps us focused on what is important. Prayer keeps us alert and alive. It keeps us from agreeing with the enemy of our soul. It keeps agony from overtaking us.
David had a prayer life. He had relationship with God. He prayed for God to have compassion on his special case because David the apple of Godís eyes knew he had failed God in that he found himself caught up in sin. How could this be? God had been with David all of his life! Well it happened and David in Psalm 38 looked for God to have compassion on him.
David talked to God concerning himself. He prayed for Godís mercy for he feared Godís wrath which he knew would come for he had displeased God with his doings. He realized that the soundness he once had with God was gone and he had allowed his flesh to consume him. He had no rest not only in his bones but his soul also. His soul was vexed day and night! How do we commit sin and have no conscience of what we have done?
David said his iniquities (covered up sin) had gone over his head and as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. We canít carry around sin itís too heavy for us; repent and turn from sin. Thatís why prayer is needed. It keeps our wounds from stinking and we becoming corrupt in our foolishness. It helps our troubled minds. It keeps us from hating ourselves which separates us from God.
Prayer, talking to God about who we are, what we have done, why we did what we did, and how awful we feel about it helps us to change our life. When we put our desires before Him, He will in no wise turn us away. It keeps our heart pumping blood where heart attacks donít take our lives. It keeps us alive and well in our bodies. It keeps suicide away!
Prayer will sustain us even in our thoughts. Prayer leads us to God in that we take heed to our ways. It keeps our tongues from speaking guile and evil in that it bridles the tongue. Prayer keeps us from giving away secrets. It keeps us from speaking to our enemies our plans. Prayer keeps the pressure down when we are found in heated situations. Prayer keeps our spirit right toward God and man.
Prayer keeps our confidence in God up. It helps us to wait patiently on God to move in our behalf. Prayer helps us to get up out of the pits of life. It helps us to be rooted and grounded in Christ. It keeps the fear of God alive in our hearts. Prayer helps us to trust in the Lord and respect what His Word says. It keeps us from turning to lies. It keeps us seeking the more of God, makes us obedient in our sacrifices and offerings, and pleasing God.
The more we talk to God, the less trouble we get into. When trouble arises we immediately begin to pray. When we see others in trouble we immediately pray. Our desire is that God will work out their situation to his good. We pray no evil for evil is not of God. Prayer keeps us fleeing to God for help; when our soul need healing, when others speak evil of us, speak vanity, or even hate us. When they whisper against us we are to pray for them. Prayer will change the hurt they devised, it will change diseases course that attach itself to us. Even when our friends turn their backs on us prayer will keep our minds.
Prayer keeps God favor upon us and our integrity remains intact. Prayer keeps us before the face of the Lord and keeps the doors of his Throne open. Psalm 42:1-2 David prayed that his zeal would be to serve God all of his days. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee O God. My soul thirteth for God, for the living God, when shall I come and appear before God? We must do as David and our tears fall before the Lord even when we are mocked by men.
Prayer keeps us joyful. Prayer keeps us looking for God even when we canít feel Him there. Prayer brings forth Godís deliverance and keeps hope alive. It awakens all those that sleep in sin where it will be cast off forever. Prayer blesses us and causes us to forget our affliction and oppression. It helps our soul to arise from the dust it was covered with and keeps our bodies from desiring more of the earth it came from. Prayer helps us to seek God for everything when we have been redeemed. It keeps our hearts inditing good matters.
David through prayer showed forth a thirst for God. In Psalm 63:1-3 David was in the wilderness of Judah but he did not forget God in his predicament. No matter what things look like or seem like we still have to seek God in prayer. We donít trust in him only when things are going good but at all times. Pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. We must be careful what we set our hearts to. In our prayer time God will speak and we must hear and accept what is spoken to us. We through prayer allow ourselves to come out of the desert place. Realize God only reject flesh, not the soul that cries out to him.
David said O God thou art my God; early will I seek thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary, because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. He was thirsty for God, his soul longed for God. He had to have him some God and feel his power. He was looking for Godís grace and mercy in his situation and yet he was blessing God; his personal God in his personal closet of his heart. We must pray out of our flesh into the Spirit.
Psalm 84:2 David longed for communion with God. My soul longeth ye, even fainteth for the courst of the lord, my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. How bad do we want Him? This can be determined by our prayer life. How willing are we to pray; even in the most adverse situations? What are we willing to give up to enter; into our prayer closet to set off with God? How often are we turned away when it is time to pray with other believers? Do we find ourselves making excuses why we canít? Prayer takes us from strength to strength. It brings us to blessings in Godís glory. It assures us that God is our light, strength, and shield. He is our protection. What more can we do to seek the more of God other than through prayer?
David prayed to God for favor even in judgment. Psalm 143:6-9 I stretch forth my hands unto thee; my soul thirsteth after thee as a thirsty land. Selah. Hear me speedily, O Lord; my spirit faileth; hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust; cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul to thee. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies; I flee unto thee to hide me. How can we pray when we know judgment is there? How can we pray when we know we will die? We through prayer have comfort in knowing that we will see God and God have known us. God hears not the prayer of sinners unless itís to repent their ways. We must pray that God teach us to do his will.