Sunday January 16, 2011

The Word for today is prayer.

How often do you pray? When you pray do you think that your prayer is really going to be answered?

I think many of us only go through the motions not really understanding what prayer really is. Paul says in Colossians 4:2 that we are to 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Thanksgiving comes because I know that my request has been heard and I can expect an answer.
Jesus said in John 16: 23 and 24, 23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

I don’t know about you but I am all about full joy.

When we pray we need to start off addressing the Father in the name of Jesus. It is the name of Jesus that gives us entry into the presence of God and gets God’s attention.

So often we want to run into the presence of God and not use the name of Jesus and wonder why we are not more successful in our prayer life.

We also need to worship God and enjoy being in his presence before we start naming off our request. It is not that he does not want to hear our requests, but it is a thing of honoring and being respectful of the one and only holy God.

More and more I have learned to come to God and just sit in his presence and soak up the love he has to give. By the time I am through worshiping him I forget that I even had a problem.

Let me give you a definition for prayer: Prayer is God releasing his intended purpose into the earth. We are the vessel that he uses to accomplish his work. Our prayer does not talk God into the notion of what we want. Prayer moves us in line with God’s will for our lives so he can bless us.

The more Word you know, and the more you pray the more effective your prayer life will be. God always honors his Word and says that his Word would not return to him void.

Pray the Word.

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