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Prayer – Part 3

holy-spiritIf we really want to experience God in and through prayer there are a few things that we have to realize. The first thing is that God does not operate on our time table and moves through prayer in His timing and according to His Will. This is probably one of the hardest aspects of prayer for any Christian to grasp. God moves according to His Will which is beyond our comprehension. Learning to wait upon God to move can be frustrating if you let it, but it should be a time of reflection on what you are praying and exactly what it is you are asking from God. Self centered prayers will never be answered (see James 4).

The second thing that we need to realize is that persistence in prayer is a missing element in the Church today. We look at prayer as some mystical chant that we offer up and then God responds. The Bible clearly teaches that there is something to persevering in prayer. In Luke 18:1-8 Jesus gives us the Parable of the Persistent Widow. I would suggest that any Christian read through this Parable many times to drink it in. Persevering in prayer helps us to depend on God in greater ways. This life of faith that we are living is played out over time. When we learn to stay prayerful for needs that are pleasing to God He reveals Himself in greater ways and is glorified more greatly by us when an answer comes. Don’t give up on prayer! Keep going! At the end of the Parable of the Persistent Widow Jesus asks “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Our level of faith matters to God and it should matter to us when we cry out to Him about our needs. Our faith is strengthened through diligent prayer.

The third thing a Christian must realize about prayer is that it needs to be according to the Will of God. God longs to move through prayers, but they need to be aligned with His desires. The best way for that to happen is to get into the Word everyday and take note of what the Biblical writers were praying about. Read through the book of Psalms, The Lord’s Prayer, the book of Acts, and what Paul prayed for concerning the Church at Ephesus. In Acts 3 & 4 you will find a story that spans those 2 chapters. It concerns Peter & John are being persecuted by the establishment for a miracle and preaching about Jesus. After they are let go by the establishment they return to someones home and a prayer meeting breaks out. Acts 4:24-31 is what they prayed and what happened through their prayer. When we pray according to the Will of God great things begin to happen.

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