Thursday, May 5, 2016
Days go by fast! I am sure that is not breaking news to you. Most of us have some what of a schedule for a day. Wake up, breakfast, shower, brush teeth, make lunch, go to work, ect. We have a set time for various things through out a day. If prayer is important to us then we need to have times each day set aside for communicating with God! Look what David did:
Psalm 55:17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.
Daniel also had a routine of prayer set in his schedule:
Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
We also find Jesus getting up early for a set time of prayer:
Mark 1:35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
and many other times too:
Luke 5:16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Mark 6:46 And when He had sent them away, He departed to the mountain to pray.
Anything important to us we make time for, Is God important to you? God should be our #1 priority and if He is not we have an idol of some sort taking His place that we need to get rid of fast!
So look at your day, and schedule time with God, He deserves it and you won’t regret one second of time spent with God in prayer!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
God ALWAYS answers prayers. It may not be the way we want or like or expect but He does answer His followers prayers.
Matthew 7:8a For everyone who asks receives
God like a good parent though decides what is best for us and answers our prayers accordingly.
Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
So how does God answer our prayers?
1. Yes and it happens quickly. Sometimes we ask right at the exact moment God wants to bless us and it was in His timing.
2. Yes but not at this moment. At other times we ask and the answer is yes but the timing is not right in God’s eyes. We don't not want anything at anytime that is not exactly right with God, trust me! Read about Joesph’s life in Egypt to see this.
3. Yes, to teach us a lesson. We don’t want this yes! Remember when Israel wanted a King like other nations? God did not want this but let them have their own way. Not good! Be careful what we ask for and make sure according to God’s Word we are asking appropriately! For God will sometimes let our hard heads have what we want to teach us we did not really want that!
4. No, our heart is not right.
James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Proverbs 1:28-29 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord,This is God protecting us and trying to help us get right with Him!
5. No because God has something better! Think Martha and Mary here in John 11 when their brother Lazarus had died. They wanted Jesus to come and heal Him to before He died but Jesus had a better plan....to let him die and bring him back to life for God’s glory!
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
These are the answers to prayers. I am still amazed God even listens to us, we are so unworthy but that is how much God loves us!
*Some of the thoughts shared here were taken from “The battle plan for prayer” by the Kendrick Brothers
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Today we look at the letter “S” in our acronym for prayer. S stands for supplication which simply means asking something from God either for self or for others. This as we talked about on day 1 is what we tend to do most but as you see in the order of things probably needs to be last as we work through our prayer. Now there are times when our need is great and as children of God we will come to Him with a need first and thats ok but in a general day of prayer it is best for it to be last in my opinion.
God tells us in His Word supplication is to be done:
Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
And many times we don’t get needs met because we do not ask:
James 4:2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
Remember God is not a genie in a bottle, He is interested in getting our needs not our wants. He always know best what we need too, so if we don’t get it is for our best!
One of the most important types of supplication is intercession which is going to the Lord on behalf of someone else. Oh Lord Jesus am I thankful for intercession and the amount of times others have went to God on my behalf! What an honor to have people go to God for you! So make sure you take the needs of others to the throne of God.
We have two folks interceding for us all the time! Look here:
Romans 8:34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Romans 8:27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
God is so good to us! Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding on our behalf constantly! I am glad I am a follower of Jesus to be on this team!
So there is a guide for your prayer life. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. I hope it is beneficial to you!