Hebrews 12:1-2 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
There are days when I feel as if I am truly focused and ‘dialed in’ to God’s program. Then there are the days when I get to the end and wonder, “Have I acknowledged You at all or even said ‘thank you’ for anything today?”
Unless my day begins with God, I will not, nor cannot make up for what I’ve lost.
In prayer, I have rambled on with what seems like a laundry list of needs. Other times have been heartfelt, fervent, prayers that needed answers and I stayed awaiting to hear from my Heavenly Father just what it is He wanted me to do; to say or where to go.
We, who name the name of Jesus Christ as Savior, must realize who we are in Christ; the power and position we have as children of God and how to wield that power in prayer.
Most of what we pray is from a position of defense. Defending what we consider to be the idyllic life we desire to have as children of God, we leave off much more weighty matters as crippling the satanic realm and defeating his schemes and plans in the lives of the lost; the weak and those who cannot defend themselves.
But, we cannot go into this battle without knowing the cost. Our enemy knows and attacks vehemently the prayers of the saints – Why? Because it is where our power lies – not within ourselves, but in Christ!
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” Whatever it is that you and I will ever need in this life begins and ends with Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
My needs are already promised to be met. So, I will not waste time praying for what has already been provided.
Our urgency and fervency in prayer is ultimately, for God to be glorified. Whether it be in the salvation of the lost, the healing of those who are wounded, broken or sick; we must focus our energy to pray directly for God’s intervention.
There are those of us who may have a child gone astray from the will of God.
There are those who have heard from the doctor news that life has just taken a turn into a valley darker and more treacherous than you could have imagined. God our Father, has known of this valley. He knew you would be facing it and allowed it to happen.
At times, we need to pray for strength to face our own fears.
Other times, we need to seek wisdom and understanding. Still others we must ask for the grace needed to see us throught the trial at hand that others mey see that God makes all the difference when facing impossible situations in life.
When was the last time you prayed for something impossible?
Do we shy away because we don’t believe that God can answer?
Do we excuse our prayer failure on the inability to see the end?
Or is it truly just a lack of faith?
Let me ask – Do you truly believe that you serve the God of the impossible?
If even a mustard seed of faith can move a mountain, why is it that we do not pray?
May we pray as father of the demon possessed son:
Mark 9:24 “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
We are already victorious in Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:37-39 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
But do we truly believe it?
The potency in my prayers come when I pray believing that my God will do what I ask. I can have the assurance when I pray according to His will.
It is His will that the lost hear the gospel and be saved.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
It is our duty to go and tell the good news!
We become a formidable weapon in the hands of God when we are under the leadership and influence of the Holy Spirit.
So, the first fight is against my flesh.
Then, it is my will versus God’s will.
Ultimately, it then comes down to aligning my spirit to be yielded and submitted to the Holy Spirit to pray as He would have me.
Only God knows what it is that I truly need today.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Let our boldness be because we’ve met with God and know that it is His will and His way for us today.
Testify of His goodness – comment as to how God answered your prayer today!