'Whoa, whoa, yeah, yeah. I love you more than I can say' is the opening gush of a popular love song which could be heard the world over. Upon listening to it recently, I felt a quickening in my inner man that we could well sing, 'I love you more than I can PRAY.' The point is that: we ain't pray nothing yet; we've got a lot of praying to do, still. When we agape (love unconditionally), we pray as an act of giving.
In fact, prayer is so important that JESUS "...ever lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25b; NKJV)" We need to pray for one another and the world that we live in so that Jesus' prayer to the Father may be fulfilled in the fullness of God's time -- "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10; NKJV)"
God, our Master, is not through with our lump of clay yet as His hands and His breath continue to work upon, in, and through us. As Paul declared to the men of Athens of our God, "for in Him we live and move and have our being,... (Acts 17:28; NKJV)" Thank God for the revelation of His word by the Holy Spirit to guide us onward and upward to our calling in Him. We are redeemed from the damnation of sin by grace so that no one may boast, and for His purpose, at that. "'For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10; NLT)" Jesus is the Originator and Perfecter of our faith, but we are the ones who need to enjoin Him so that our faith may be perfected. We need to pray for ourselves and for one another. Together with Christ Jesus, we can change our world.
Be encouraged in your walk with the Lord. You may be going through a dark and stormy night, and your prayers did not seem to be answered. But, God is forever faithful. He will never leave or forsake us; Jesus lives evermore to intercede for us. Our walk with Him is not in vain. All our prayers and those of fellow Christians rise to God as incense.
So it was, on a dark and stormy night that Jesus could have walked passed by His disciples in the Sea of Galilee (knowing that they can exercise their faith and be saved), had they not cried out in fear, supposing that they had just seen a ghost! Jesus stopped to calm them. At Peter's audacious request, Jesus bade him to come out of the boat and walk on the water! As to how long we can walk on our troubled waters supernaturally (reigning over our life's circumstances by divine grace), it depends on how fully we can trust Jesus. Jesus is not our bridge over troubled waters; He is the Head of the church, His body, which has feet that can walk on water! And, oh, by the way, Jesus was PRAYING up on a mountain before He started to walk across the sea at the fourth watch of the night. (Matthew 14:23-25)
After the death of Moses, God spoke to Joshua to cross the Jordan river into His land of promise for the children of Israel (Jacob)."Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. (Joshua 1:3; NKJV)" As the church is now engrafted to the roots of Israel, Joshua 1:3 is a prophetic saying, too, as we are now the feet of Christ -- doing His biddings and receiving His promises. "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isaiah 52:7; NKJV)" We need to pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more workers to bring in the harvest of souls from the nations. "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. (Psalm 2:8; NKJV)" Let us pray for the Messiah's triumph over evil and the extension of His kingdom in our present times.
Besides praying for ourselves and the nations, we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem in accordance to Psalm 122:6 (NKJV): "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces." " God's faithfulness towards Abraham could be seen in the restoration of the nation of Israel. But for the temporary hardening of their hearts, the children of Israel do not yet all recognise Jesus as their Messiah.
However, a time is coming when: "It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (Zechariah 12:9-10; NKJV)"
"And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur. And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be --"The LORD is one" and His name one. (Zechariah 14:8-9; NKJV)"
NOW is the time for us to pray, prophesy, sing, and proclaim that "Our God reigns!" Yes, He does. Our preparation and partnership in anticipation of all that God is going to do must be cultivated and developed further prayerfully so that we can take hold of His fullness for His cause through us. Amen.