Thursday, September 16, 2010

Continue Steadfastly in Prayer

September 16, 2010
It's a great Thursday and you are so loved by our King. I had such joy to pray for you today by name. He knows your name as well and has written it in His Book of Life. His thoughts for you outnumber the sand. He is your Redeemer, He lives, He will never leave you or forsake you. Thanks for reading lifewords, I pray the Holy Spirit will minister personally to you through His Word  as you read. I pray you are refreshed for the journey and strengthened for the battle.
Continue Steadfastly in Prayer  
 I've been really thinking so much about the life of Jesus as I discover Him in the Gospels. If we really want to know our Lord, we will seek Him in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the Holy Spirit  will reveal Him to us. One prevailing aspect of His life was His habit of prayer. He was much in prayer. His communion with His Father was paramount and we see His persistence in prayer over and over again. Prayer was not secondary to our Lord. He was continually meeting with the Father in fellowship, in preparation, in needing council, in sanctification,  in ministering to people, in interceding for His men, at night, in morning, in daylight, prayer was the essence of His life. We see Him in prayer, in supplication, in agony, in tears, and we see Him also praying with great joy and expectation of His Father's will being accomplished. Our Jesus was a busy man, but never too busy to pray. He prayed often, He prayed alone and He prayed with others. He was continually dependent on the Father in prayer. He was  in complete unity and conformity with the will of God.
Oh as followers of Christ, that we would, more than anything else, follow Him in His life of prayer. If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy. And our busy lives are fruitless without prayer!!!!!
Jesus not only modeled for us a life of prayer, He instructs us to pray over and over in the gospels!  "Up to now you have asked nothing in My Name.  Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full."  "Ask, and you shall receive. Seek and you will find.  Knock and the door will be opened."  The Holy Spirit will teach us all we need to know about prayer. If we are to live well for Christ and bring His life to this world, we must be people who learn to pray like our Master. A life of prayer is one thing in which we can all excel. It is also the one thing the enemy will work hardest at keeping us from. It is the place of communion with our God, it is the well of refreshing and strength, it is the engine of God's plans going forth in the earth, it is the source of true wisdom and discernment, it is the place where we obtain victory over sin and self, it is the  it is battlefield of the church.  Even now, our Savior continues to intercede for us. Prayer is our outstretched hands to our Father for help.  How we need Him. He delights to meet with us today in prayer! Everything depends on it.

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