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Home Read the Pastor's Blog The All's Have It Pt 2 Ephesians 6:18
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Written by Pastor Garner   
Friday, 12 February 2010 16:28

 

One scholar said: "our ultimate position as Christians is tested by the character of our prayer life". The connection to the knowledge of God and His work in our lives is connected to prayer. Someone once asked when should I pray, at the end of my day or at the beginning. Well, the day can be different for some folk. For some the day starts at daybreak or before, and for others it starts late morning as they may work a different shift. So, we should start our scheduled day with prayer. If you pray in the bed at night as I sometimes do, let that prayer be a continuation of your prayers of that day. To have your first prayer of the day to not occur until in the bed at night, would be like tuning your musical instrument “after” the concert. That idea is not new with me but it does make the point.

Eph.6:18 “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,”

John 17 is known, to most, as the priestly prayer of Jesus Christ during the upcoming Passion Week. There are many priceless nuggets there regarding prayer. I encourage you to pray and then read that chapter.

Another gem of prayer is that it reorients our life heavenward. Meaning: it puts and keeps our focus on Christ.

I love the songs that describe our first day in heaven as they say, “I love to see Abraham & ….. but take me to Jesus. Through reading the Word and faithfully praying, we can go right now.

Pray at all times means to be a walking, weeping, willing saint of Christ. Meaning: Always have a prayer on your heart for:  the lost, saved, family, friends, nation, etc.

To pray in the spirit is saying pray in the nature, name, and will of Christ. How so? Nature means, discover who Jesus is in the Bible and emulate Him. In His name means I trust Him with both the request and the outcome. By spending time with Him, we are learning His nature. The request can then go through the thought process of, “would this prayer match what and who Jesus is to us and to the world?”

 

Be on alert to be praying with the type of devotion as if your life or the life of someone else depended upon it.

Be on the alert to help people understand Jesus in your life.........

1 Peter 3:15 “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;”

With all perseverance means to remember that the Bible says, “keep asking, seeking, and knocking (Matt 7:7).”

For all the saints- In other passages we're commanded to pray for both the lost and the saved. But here the focus is the saved. So, pray for each other as well as missionaries and other saints around the world. Praying for others is both biblical and healthy. There's something about us that promotes our health when we turn our focus away from self and onto others. pm

 

 

 

 

 

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