Monday, March 21, 2011

Prayer III

Psalm 13:5 is awesome today. "But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation." We can rely on God's steadfast, unchanging, lavish love for us. What an anchor for our hearts! In the midst of change, uncertainty, circumstances,  and battles, our Father's love for us is sure and it abounds. We can make a decision to rejoice in His abundant salvation and grace. I'm praying for the joy of the Lord to enfold you like a blanket today.  I've just finished praying for you this morning, specifically according to Ephesians 1:17-23. Powerful. I pray He would open the eyes of our heart to know the hope to which He has called us and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set apart ones), and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe. You are greatly loved.

 The focus of this week's lifewords is Prayer. I'm praying that the Lord will ignite in each of us a renewed passion for prayer, give us deeper understanding of knowing how to pray well, and take us to new levels of intimacy, worship, consecration, faith and victory. The urgency of the hour is demanding our  alert, unprecedented commitment to prayer. Prayer is in the daily secret place Jesus speaks of in Matthew 6:7. Prayer is also an abiding, unceasing lifestyle Paul exhorts us to in I Thessalonians 5:17. We learn prayer from the example of our Lord in the Gospels. We learn it from the Living Word of God. Most of all, the Holy Spirit will teach us how to pray as we yield ourselves to Him in prayer daily. Prayer is always intentional. God's plan  is that we develop in all facets of our prayer life, understanding that prayer is the vehicle He has designed whereby His will is released in our lives, in the lives of those around us and in the Earth.  He transforms us in prayer. We call upon Him in prayer and He answers. It is in through the Spirit-led, faith-filled prayers of the saints that His purposes advance in the Earth. Prayer is work, it takes effort and time, but it will be the greatest eternal investment imaginable, not only for ourselves but for our families, His glorious church, our cities, our nation and the nations of the world. A true life of prayer is the greatest adventure we will have on this earth and our most urgent responsibility that will effect lives for eternity. praying for YOU, Amy.

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