Prayer Tip: Prayer is the Work

Most of us put a high value on performance and getting things done for God. Many mistakenly base their personal worth on what they can do.

Children learn this early. How many times have you heard a young child say, “I do it myself.”? A huge majority never get beyond this. A popular song in the 70’s repeated the refrain, “I did it my way.”

It occurred to me the other day that if we really wanted to get things done, why wouldn’t we eagerly respond to the invitation of One who is all powerful and promises, “if you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”?

Talk about getting things done! He is the One who speaks and it happens. He commanded the earth and it stood firm.

Jesus says we are doing the work of God when we “believe in Him Whom He has sent.” John 6:29

Several have concluded, “Prayer is the work.”

Would you really like to see kingdom things done? Get busy praying.

Prayer Tip: Prayer and Will

(Reminder: Don’t forget 1/2 Day of Prayer at the Plaza this Saturday Jan. 14, 8a.m.-noon.)

I have often felt discouraged in praying for another person’s salvation when observing the demonstration of a strong will set against God.  Does God overcome a resistant will? 

Duh.  He had to overcome my resistance to bring me to faith.  Didn’t He you?

John 15:16  You did not choose Me, but I chose you…

1 John 5:16 deals with intercession  and a person’s will.  “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life…”  (There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.)

Oswald Chambers says, “Intercessory prayer for one who is sinning prevails; God says so.  The will of the person prayed for does not come into question at all; he is connected with God by prayer, and prayer on the basis of the redemption sets the connection working and God gives life.”

Unless you are sure there is sin that leads to death, PRAY.

Pray for your loved one to be saved, to experience real life.  Pray for your friend to come to Jesus.  Pray for all men.  1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer Tip: Prayer Begins with God

Has prayer become a chore for you?  Consider what Alvin Vandergriend says in Love to Pray.

 “For years I believed that my prayers started with me.  I had to think them up.  I had to get God’s attention.  Not surprisingly, with this frame of mind, prayer was often a chore.  

        I learned that I was wrong. Prayer doesn’t start with us.  Prayer starts with God. That’s the radical idea that changed my prayer life.  God is the initiator.  He moves us to pray.  He gives us prayer ideas.  He holds out the promises we claim in prayer.  When we pray, we are God’s instruments.

        God is at work in all our praying.  He makes his will known to us so that we will ask for the very things he longs to give us.  Out of love he burdens us to pray for others so that, in response to our intercession, he can pour out blessings on them…

        If prayer starts with God, then the first order of business as we learn to pray is to learn to listen to God’s whispers, to tune our hearts to him, to respond to his promptings.  Perhaps the first prayer of each day should be “Lord, teach me to pray.  Help me to understand your purposes, to feel your burdens, to see what you see, to hear the groans you hear, so that my prayers may be pleasing to you and may accomplish your purposes.”

What is God impressing upon you to pray today?  Have you asked Him? Have you taken time to listen?

Let’s ask, listen, and then pray this week.

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