Friday, January 18, 2013

Eph. 6:18

Eph. 6:18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers.

Let’s admit it; we don’t pray at all times and on every occasion.  Most of us are quite the opposite.  We crowd praying into our lives the best we can, but we don’t do a very good job of it.  We sometimes feel guilty about it when we think about it, but many of us don’t. 

Most of us know what prayer is, but I would like to suggest some other thoughts for you to consider.  Prayer is our reaching up to God.  It is our embracing God in our lives.  It is the desires of our heart for God.  It is the soul crying out in need for God.  It is a time in which we align our will up with God’s.  It is a time in which we become broken and humble before God knowing we cannot do anything apart from him.  It is what we do in life to honor Christ.  Prayer is an attitude of the heart seeking to live a godly life.  It is an attitude of praise and thanksgiving before God.  All that we do in and through Christ ought to be an act of worship, a sweet aroma ascending to the throne of God.

Prayer is done through the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  It is the Spirit that guides our prayer life.  It is the Spirit that puts our thoughts and words into words that move God to act.  It is the Spirit who empowers us and enables us to labor in prayer for others.

We must never let down our guard when it comes to prayer.  Satan will do all he can do to keep us from praying.  He tries his best to discourage us from praying.  His greatest fear is that we would pray and not give up.  He knows that prayer is our life connection to God.  He knows that when we pray persistently God’s work in us and in the world will be done. 

Prayer should be a major part of our lives, not an add-on.  It should characterize who we are. 

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