do it on your knees

December 12, 2015

praying mom

There are very few books that I recommend; having been a book editor for so many years and professor of theology and languages; one book that sets so high among so many; written over 100 years ago, E.M. Bounds 5 volumes on prayer. That’s right 5 volumes.

 

 

Why should we pray? After all, if God is sovereign and works all things after the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:11), why bother asking God to do something if He has already determined what He will do? This question is sometimes phrased, “Does prayer really change things?”

 

 

Prayer is simply communication to God by a Christian. Prayer as seen in Scripture may contain one or more of the following elements: confession, adoration, praise, thanksgiving, intercession for others, and petition for oneself. Prayer is the means by which a believer’s communion with God is strengthened. In prayer, we pour out our souls to God; in the process, our souls are nourished, our spirits are revitalized, our attitudes are conformed to God’s character, and our focus is sharpened by the promises of God. In short, our ability to stand firm is strengthened.

 

 

Three aspects of prayer are important in spiritual warfare. The first aspect is thanksgiving. Often in the heat of the battle, when we are faced with discouragements or suffering, we are strongly tempted to become self-absorbed and to succumb to self-pity and the “poor me” syndrome. We begin to focus on the problem and the conflict and forget that the Lord is battling for us. As time goes on, spiritual fatigue sets in.

 

 

This is why prayer and perseverance are so often linked together. In prayer, we are rested, refreshed, and refocused on the work of God in our lives.

The second aspect of prayer that is vital in spiritual warfare is confession. Confession means that we recognize sin in our lives and admit it to God. The attitude underlying confession is humility. We recognize that we have disobeyed God and acknowledge our culpability.

Underlying confession is the realization of our own dependence upon God and the reality that Christ has already paid in full for that sin. First John 1:9 promises, “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The word translated “cleanse” here is the same word used in James 4:8: “Cleanse your hands, you sinners.” As we saw in the previous chapter, the statement of James 4:6–10 must be taken in its entirety. That passage is framed in verses 6 and 10 by commands to be humble because true humility involves confession of sin. This is part of submitting to God and resisting the Devil. This is what it means to draw near to God. As we do so, we are promised that God will draw near to us. Jesus linked our level of obedience to a greater disclosure of God: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him” (John 14:21).

 

 

The third aspect of prayer that is vital in spiritual warfare is petition. As we encounter opposition and hostility in the world from the flesh, the world, or Satan, we call upon God to come to our aid. This again demonstrates the basic attitude that is foundational to spiritual warfare—humility. In prayer, we adopt an attitude of submission and humility toward God. We call on Him to intercede in our behalf.

 

 

And speaking of prayer;

Pray for Johnny R, after 39 years of drug and alcohol and addictive behavior in general he’s come clean, through Jesus, celebrating 90 days today.

 

Jeff M, pray for his salvation

 

Dave I, salvation

 

Danny, godly behavior

 

For all those that struggle with depression

 

For Roger, court ordered anger management counseling

 

Rebecca, healing in her marriage

 

Leon, needs to make things right with his family before he passes

 

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