Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Person of Prayer

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?" Psalms 27:1

Good Morning it's a brand new day and I pray that you are encouraged and fortified in our Lord! He is faithful. His love abounds to you. All is well, because He is Lord of all.  I've just been praying for you and your family and it is such a joy to know that we can place our confidence in Him and in His Word. This week's "lifewords" are on PRAYER, I pray the Word will propel us to a whole new level in our prayer life.   

Prayer is amazing! Faith-filled prayer, directed by the leading of the Holy Spirit and infused with the Word of God is so powerful! Faith grows by reading and meditating on God's Word and it thrives in an atmosphere of prayer.   I'm so grateful that our Lord has given us the  privilege and authority of praying in His Name.  Jesus prayed continually and taught His disciples to pray and expect results. Remember His Words in Matt. 7:7? "Ask and is shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened." Prayer. Ask, Seek. Knock.

This is a time for every believer to be alert and employed in prayer and learn to pray well. Prayer is talking to God, but it also includes a lifestyle of worship, of listening, of using His Name, of consecration, of praying according to His Word, of using the authority Jesus gave us over demonic forces, and of being directed by the precious Holy Spirit. An authentic life of prayer is intentional, never by accident. It is marked by time set apart, and also by a moment by moment  abiding in Him. Paul said  in Phil. 4:6 to "not be anxious for anything, pray about everything.  And the peace that passes understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."  Pray without ceasing!  Instead of being overwhelmed, pray.  Resist hopelessness and fear and rise up and pray in Jesus Name.  Instead rehearsing circumstances or and focusing on pressures, we can pray in faith believing, and God responds!   Remember James 5:16 "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." God will transform us in prayer and He will ignite a passion in our hearts to pray for others. He will teach us how to pray. The purposes of God are set into motion in this earth through the prayers of His people. Prayer is by His design that we call upon Him, trust in Him and place our faith in Him.

Intimacy with God is cultivated in prayer. Consecration to His will comes through prayer. A life of passion for Him and for His purposes is birthed in prayer.  A true love for people is comes through time in prayer. His wisdom, His leading, His abiding presence are experienced as we become desperate for Him in prayer. Prayer is more important than all of our talking, all of our doing, all of our ideas. Prayer connects us to His presence and His purposes. Make up your mind to be a person of prayer, then ask Him to teach you how. He will!

Amy Stoehr
390 Mimosa Ave.
Vista, California 92081

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