Prayer

If you are a Christian, prayer is one of the most fruitful activities you can engage in; but it can also be one of the most daunting tasks for a person. After all, we are not sure if we are using the right words or if our motive for prayer is pure.

I recently took some time to learn more about prayer by listening to a series of sermons at SermonAudio.com by Rev. Joe Morecraft, III of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming, Georgia.

Rev. Morecraft makes the point that we often have not because we ask not. We frequently ask for small things while forgetting we are in the presence of the King of the universe who is willing to do so much more than we pray for. How insulting it must be to Him for us to stifle our requests due to lack of belief that He hears and answers prayer!

Scripture teaches us that we are commanded to pray to the Lord for all of our needs. How freeing it is to know that we are not dependent upon man for our physical or spiritual well-being; but it is God who takes care of us. This knowledge should enable us to boldly stand for righteousness because we know that our food, shelter and clothing come from the Lord.

Another point concerning prayer is our need to pray for each other on a regular basis as the Holy Spirit leads.

Some wonderful prayers are recorded for us in the Bible; which we can use as a guide to help us, including this prayer of the Apostle Paul:

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins; Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1: 9-17, KJV)

In Lord Jesus Name, let us pray. Amen.

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