Feb 15, 2010

Importance of Prayer

Praise the lord! Prayer can revive our spiritual journey. The benefits that a believer enjoys when he turns back to prayer is amazing (what better benefit than the prolonged presence of the Lord and the joy that you get in your life when you spent that extra hour in prayer and meditating on the word of God.). When I post this, I pray a humble prayer that the holy spirit may move graciously and abundantly amidst us all, that we may enjoy the presence of the lord and be treated to divine revelations on the perfect plan that our Lord has in our lives.

 

Some references that I got when I searched the importance of prayer.

Isa 55:6 (ESV)

"Seek the Lord while he may be found;  call upon him while he is near;  

Phil 4:6 (ESV)

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Isa 58:9 (ESV)

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;  you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.'  If you take away the yoke from your midst,  the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,  

 

Below is a beautiful excerpt from the site : www.kernal.org on the importance of prayer. May the holy spirit move amongst us as we request Lord to draw us to him in prayer. Amen.

    Consider, if you talked with your wife six minutes a day, what kind of relationship would you have with her? If you pray six minutes a day or less, what kind of relationship do you have with God?

    Are you not commanded to pray? Jesus said MEN OUGHT ALWAYS TO PRAY-Lk 18:1. The way to receive things from God, is to ask Him in prayer. God's Word reminds us that, YE HAVE NOT, BECAUSE YE ASK NOT-Ja 4:2. There is joy in prayer: ASK, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL-Jn 16:24. Prayer will deliver you from your troubles: THIS POOR MAN CRIED, AND THE LORD HEARD HIM, AND SAVED HIM OUT OF ALL HIS TROUBLES-Ps 34:6. Prayer can open to us the treasure chest of God's wisdom: IF ANY OF YOU LACK WISDOM, LET HIM ASK OF GOD, THAT GIVETH TO ALL MEN LIBERALLY, AND UPBRAIDETH NOT; AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN HIM-Ja 1:5. Prayer is a channel of power: CALL UNTO ME, AND I WILL ANSWER THEE, AND SHEW THEE GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS, WHICH THOU KNOWEST NOT-Jere 33:3.

    Did you know that it is sin not to pray? MOREOVER AS FOR ME, GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD SIN AGAINST THE LORD IN CEASING TO PRAY FOR YOU: BUT I WILL TEACH YOU THE GOOD AND THE RIGHT WAY: ONLY FEAR THE LORD, AND SERVE HIM IN TRUTH WITH ALL YOUR HEART: FOR CONSIDER HOW GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE FOR YOU-1 Sam 12:23,24.

    Sinners can be saved if they pray in faith and follow in obedience to the Gospel: FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED-Ro 10:13. Jesus while here in the flesh, prayed often to the Father. We are to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING-1 Thes 5:17. God heard Solomon's prayer, and promised He would watch over the temple, and cause Solomon's descendants to be kings of Israel forever. This promise was based on the people of Israel following God. If they did not, God promised that He would remove the people of Israel from the temple, from the land, and He would disperse them. Israel would become an astonishment to the nations, and a proverb of sudden disaster. The temple would become a heap of ruins. Those that pass by would see the ruin, and wonder why God punished Israel. This happened because the people worshipped other gods. Do you worship other gods, such as astrology, money, success, or getting ahead in this world?
  
DOES GOD ANSWER PRAYER? Yes, beyond our expectation-ref Jere 33:3; sometimes after delay-ref Lk 18:7; sometimes differently than our desire-ref 2 Cor 12:8,9; sometimes immediately-ref Isa 65:24. Our prayer is not answered if we ask amiss-ref Ja 4:3. We read in Gal 6:7-BE NOT DECEIVED; GOD IS NOT MOCKED: FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH, THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP. Jeremiah's prayers for the sparing of Israel from captivity were not answered, even though they were given in earnestness and faith. He understood God's will, and was willing to take no for an answer. Jerusalem had gone too far. They had sinned. God said of her, it was too late. JERUSALEM HATH GRIEVOUSLY SINNED; THEREFORE SHE IS REMOVED-Lam 1:8. Do you mock God time after time as He calls you to repent, yet you will not? When the day comes that you need God, what will you do? It was too late for Jerusalem. God turned away. Yet the Scripture tells us, LET US SEARCH AND TRY OUR WAYS, AND TURN AGAIN TO THE LORD. LET US LIFT UP OUR HEART WITH OUR HANDS UNTO GOD IN THE HEAVENS. WE HAVE TRANSGRESSED AND HAVE REBELLED: THOU HAST NOT PARDONED-Lam 3:40-42.

    Many Christians think prayer is a time to ask God for what they want. Perhaps this is why so many prayers go unanswered. It was suggested that the following is a good guideline for prayer. First, praise and worship God in truth. Second, confess all your sins to Him, and be willing to turn from all willful sin, and obey the Gospel. Truly have a repentant heart. Third, give thanks for all your blessings. Give thanks even in difficult times. Finally, let your requests be known to God. Pray in faith, and in accordance with the Scriptures. This means you need to study God's Word. Do not compromise in reading and studying the Bible. Some people pray much, but study God's Word little. A person that reads only one or two chapters a day, is usually misled and not serious about God.

    Now we are reminded that, FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN-Heb 11:1. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God, and the Bible tells us FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD, BEING ALONE-Ja 2:20,17. If you are not reading your Bible and serving Jesus, when the time comes that you need faith, it will not be there. Since without faith it is impossible to please God, how will you get an answer from God? Praying something like, "Well, if it be God's will," is praying with no faith at all. You need to know what God's will is (from the Bible), then pray the prayer of faith. You need to have unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.

    The Bible tells us that David prayed about the erection of a temple, but his prayers were answered during Solomon's day. The Bible shows us our prayers cannot be answered when: it seeks to change God's decrees-ref Deut 3:23-27; when it seeks to avoid deserved chastisement-ref 2 Sam 12:16-18; when it is prompted by selfish, personal motives-ref Mt 6:5 and Ja 4:2,3; when a prayer is meaningless and repetitious-ref Mt 6:7; when it is offered without first confession of conscious known sin-ref 1 Jn 1:8-10; when it disregards the known will of God-ref 1 Sam 8:9,10; and when we do not honor our wives-ref 1 Pe 3:7. We should pray for our needs not selfish things. For we read in Ps 107:13-THEN THEY CRIED UNTO THE LORD IN THEIR TROUBLE, AND HE SAVED THEM OUT OF THEIR DISTRESSES. Here, the remnant of Israel is no longer proud. Now, they look to the Messiah for help, and to Him alone. They have learned that the key to prayer is obedience to God. God was always there, but they did not call upon Him. The telephone is there, but it only works when you pick it up and dial a number. You may forget the telephone, but when you need help, suddenly you remember it. God's telephone number is listed in Jere 33:3. To receive answers you must be born-again. You must forgive others who have offended you-ref Mk 11:26. You must repent of known sin, forsake it-ref Isa 55:7. You must pray in His will-ref I Jn 5:14,15. You are to DELIGHT THYSELF ALSO IN THE LORD; AND HE SHALL GIVE THEE THE DESIRES OF THINE HEART. COMMIT THY WAY UNTO THE LORD; TRUST ALSO IN HIM; AND HE SHALL BRING IT TO PASS-Ps 37:4,5. Delight means that God, and the things of God, must be your daily constant joy. If you only remember God when you want something, or in a quick grace at meals, this is not delight. When you begin to delight in the Lord, God may begin answering your prayers. Our grateful acknowledgment to the Salem Kirban Bible and Royal Publisher's The Open Bible for part of the previous commentaries. God has at times answered prayers contrary to some of these to fulfill his purpose.