It is true that the faithful prayers of righteous people availeth much. Whenever we approach prayer, we need to to approach prayer with the utmost respect. There must be a fervency about our prayers and a expectation that God will answer our prayers. Our prayers must never be flippant. They must be serious and very direct. The Bible says that we should come boldly before the throne of grace. That means that whenever we pray we should be bold in whatever we are asking God to do. Now, we must always remember that when we pray we must always pray in accordance to God's will. Just because you might want a new house or a new car does not mean that God wants you to have it.
With that being said, what are the things we should pray for? First, we must pray for the lost. God loves a heart that is broken over lost people. When we pray for the lost we need to ask God to remove the blindness from their minds, we need to ask God to bring light into the darkness they are experiencing, we need to ask God to penetrate their hardened minds so their hearts will be open to the Gospel message, we need to ask God to deliver them from the spirit of disobedience, we need to ask God to take away any false sense of security they may be relying on.
Secondly, we must pray for fellow believers. We must pray for believers to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! We must also pray for fellow believers who are not living for God like they should. We need to pray that God would will break through their apathetic and complacent behavior. We need to ask God to convict them of their sin and that their hearts would be turned once again to seeking after the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. We need to pray that Christians would become obedient and assemble themselves all the more as they see the day approaching.
Thirdly, we must pray for our individual needs. Sometimes this is the hardest area for people. Sometimes we pray for God to remove a trial in our lives. But before we pray for God to remove the trial, we must ask ourselves a question. We must ask if we have done anything wrong that might have caused the trial. Sometimes trials are in our lives because of sin, but perhaps the trial is there for your betterment. Sometimes God places a trial in a Christian's life to help in the maturation process. If we have not sinned, we must consider that God has placed that trial in our lives not to hurt us but to help us. Sometimes the whole purpose of a trial is just to beat the me out of me. Just remember that the greatest trials that we face today can become our greatest triumphs for tomorrow. Do not lose hope if that is the case. Many men and women in the Bible had to face trials but God worked through that whole process in their lives and they came out as gold refined in the fire. So when you are going through a trial that is placed there by God, pray that God would give you the strength to get through the trial knowing that when you are through that trial, God will work it all out for the good (Romans 8:28).
Finally, and perhaps the most important, our prayers must magnify the Lord Jesus Christ. Our prayers should be filled with praise to the King of King and Lord of Lord's. We must let Him know on a day to day basis how thankful we are for the things we do have. Our prayers must be grateful. Many times in life we live ungratefully. We look at someone else who has more than us and we say I want what they got. Have you ever stopped and just thanked Him for what you do have? The majority of people in this country have a place to lay their head, food on the table, and clothes on their back. That alone warrants praise to God! He has provided for us! We might not have the biggest house or the nicest car or the biggest bank account, but at least we have the necessities of life. We need to praise God for the breath in our bodies. Just another day of life warrants us praising His Name! The Bible says let everyone that has breath praise the Lord. So that means until we leave this body, we need to be praising His Name! We need to thank God for saving our souls and for dying for our sins on a daily basis because without Calvary we would all be doomed.
Prayer is the key to unlocking God's Heart! I hope this has helped you in some small way! Remember Prayer is communication between you and the Father! I love you all and know that I pray for you each and every day! May the God of Peace comfort you and cause His face to shine upon you
Monday, October 24, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
The day started just like any other day. I packed my bags, and off I was to Tennessee Temple University to start my seminary education. The thought of living in a brand new city was very exciting to me and the thought of meeting new people was also very exciting. The trip started off just fine and I was talking to my mother about random things and when we made it to Forsyth Ga, little did I know that my dad was praying for me as I was driving. He was driving another car and something told him to start praying for us and for our safety. A little while up the road God heard my dad's prayers in a powerful way. We were getting closer to Atlanta Georgia, when all the sudden as I was driving I heard this noise and I thought that everything was okay. Then all of the sudden, the steering wheel locked and I completely lost control of the car. The car did a 360 right in the middle of I-75, and I honestly thought we were going to die. I could see semi trucks coming and I just thought well this is it. My dad was behind me driving the van and he said the car when it did a 360 literally went airborne and he thought that the car was going to flip. The car did not flip and the car had just enough time and space to do a 360 and go through four lanes of traffic only to stop in a ditch close to the pine trees. When I look back on that day, I know that God took control of that car and drove it to safety. On that day, God showed His power to me in a miraculous way. Why did it happen on that day? Looking back on it, I know that the Devil wanted to stop me from fulfilling my purpose and so he tried to kill me, but God said otherwise. God supernaturally intervened that day and saved my life and my mother's life. He showed me His power that day and I will never forget it as long as I live. It taught me that there are times when we feel utterly hopeless and out of control, but with God steering the wheels of our life, we are in the best hands of all! Each one of you has a purpose in this life, and the devil may try to put obstacles in your way or he may try to kill you, but remember God is on your side if you are a believer, and no weapon formed against you shall prosper and you will not die until God is ready for you! God bless You and may He truly Revive Your Day!