Jehovah, our Omnipotent, Almighty, Infinite, Creator is approachable! But, how can we, or do we come before Him? We commune with our LORD through prayer. I have recently been enjoying a soul satisfying study on prayer, and I wanted to share some of the highlights.
We pray to God! When, therefore, we pray, there must be a conscious, definite approach unto Him made.
“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.”
We must pray without ceasing! In other words we must pray intensely and earnestly, as our Lord Jesus Christ set the example for us while here on earth.
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
We must be obedient lest our prayers be not heard!
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”
1 John 3:22
We must pray according to the will of God! We know God’s will through His Word.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
1 John 5:14,15
We should pray in the Spirit. The Spirit inspires and directs prayer. Wait for the Spirit by being silent before the LORD. “Be still…”
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Pray in faith! We get faith by the Word of God.
“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Do not faint in prayer! Pray with persistence and insistence.(Lk. 11:5-8)
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
We must abide in Christ! Renounce any independent life of our own and cleave only to His thoughts and words. A great way to cling to them and keep them ever present in your mind is to memorize Scripture.
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Pray with much thanksgiving! (Luke 17:17; Luke 24:53)
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Pray early in the day. All is quiet, without distraction and fresh. Talking to your LORD is an excellent way to start the day! Again, Christ is our example:
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
Pray in all seasons, or without ceasing!
“Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray in Christ’s name. He is our mediator. Without Him we cannot/ could not go before the Throne! With Him we can go boldly!
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”
Pray for the LORD’s guidance and ask Him to teach you to pray! Apply your heart to wisdom… God’s Word!
*In my next post I shall attempt to cover some hindrances to prayer…