Thursday, September 15, 2011

Prayer!

2nd Chronicles 20:4 tells us that, “The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord…”

Successful prayer is really about healthy relationships both vertically and horizontally. Our collective prayer potential is mind-boggling! Quit being just a finger and start being a part of the fist! No one in this church should be praying about their individual battles on their own! Do not allow yourself to pray about your individual battles on your own! Enlist your God and your church family to help when the enemy is at your gate!

How can we best pray for one another?

Step #1! Pray Secretly!

What does Jesus tell us to do in Matthew 6:6, “…when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father…”  Why the emphasis on privacy? Why shut the door? A private place minimizes distractions.  Do not bother fighting against distractions because you will lose every time. Instead, avoid distractions! Find a quiet place where you can pray without interruption and pray for one another!

Step #2! Pray Sincerely!

What does Jesus tell us to do in Matthew 6:7, “…when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”  Be careful about prayer cliche's. Do not fall into the habit of using meaningless repetition when you pray to, “Our Father for each other.”  It is very easy for prayer to become routine because of meaningless babble when God intends for our prayers to be powerful and affective!  A little sincerity, on behalf of each other, will move mountains!

Step #3! Pray Specifically!

How does Jesus pray in Luke 22:41-42, “He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."  Jesus specifically asked God to take that cup from Him! What do you want God to specifically do for someone else?

King Jehoshaphat knew what all of us must come know! Life is more than just a roll of the dice.  We need God and we need each other and when you get to your wit's end, you will find that God lives there.

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