In everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made know unto God
There are many reasons to pray – indeed we are commanded to pray. We are to pray in spirit and truth; to pray without ceasing; to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ; to pray for our families and leaders of the nation.. to pray for our enemies and those that are lost in their sins. And we are to pray steadfastly and in faith to our Father, Who art in heaven. If we are sick we are to call mature believers or elders of the churches to pray for us and if we are troubled or happy, suffering hardships or experiencing joy, we should pray at all times to our heavenly Father.
Christ’s death on the cross as the sacrifice for sin tore down the unscalable wall of division that separated a holy God from a sinful race of men, and opened up, to all who would believe in His name God’s eternal throne-room of grace: let us, therefore, approach God’s throne of grace with confidence and grateful hearts, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. And Jesus reminded us that men ought always to keep on praying and not to lose heart in the process – for God is willing and able to answer all our cries for help and our impossible pleas.
Paul was a great example of a man that prayed to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. His prayers were those of thanksgiving for the saints as well as an earnest desire that they have victory in their earthly walk. He prayed that they might be endued with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding so that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened – to know the hope to which they had been called and the riches of God’s glorious inheritance in his holy people. He prayed that they would be kept safe from savage wolves who would seek to scatter the flock of God, and he prayed that: He who began a good work in them would continue – until the day of Christ Jesus.
We have further been commanded to buckle on every piece of our spiritual armour, for the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, diligently searching out anyone he can devour.. and so we are called to be spiritually alert and we are also admonished to pray in the Spirit on all occasions and to do so with all kinds of prayers and requests. We are urged to be alert in our prayers.. faithful and diligent to keep on and on praying for all God’s people and His many ministers for prayer is a most powerful weapon to demolish spiritual strongholds.
God also desires that we are faithful and diligent in our prayer-life for He knows that prayer is a beautiful channel of heavenly grace and spiritual maturity that is poured out in abundance upon those that sit at His feet, listen to His voice and trust in His word. A prayerful man or woman will develop that spiritual boldness to plead for the lost; protect the vulnerable; petition God’s grace on behalf of all his children and to plead, Thy will not mine be done.
There is no better example of a spiritual Man of prayer than our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Time and again we discover Jesus rising early in the morning and finding Him in a solitary place as He drew close to His heavenly Father. At other times we discover Him at the top of a mountain and spending the whole night in prayer to God. He walked in the spirit and lived in the spirit – and He prayed in spirit and truth. And both in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross we discover prayer to be the beautiful channel through which our Lord maintained unbroken fellowship with the Father (until that point when He became sin for us.)
We are the children of God and we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus and one of the most precious gifts that we have received is the privilege of prayer. Let us pray in spirit and truth. Let us pray without ceasing. Let us come to the throne of grace and reverently bow before our redeemer God, in prayer. Let us put on the whole armour of God and pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. And let us in everything by prayer and supplication with thankful hearts make our requests known unto God, as we follow in the patterns of our praying Priest – Who today, is interceding for us in heaven.
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