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June 19, 2016

praying mom

The most important and pervasive thought Paul gives about prayer is that it should be “in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:18; cf. Jude 20).

This qualification has nothing to do with speaking in tongues nor with some other ecstatic or supernatural activity. To pray in the Spirit is to pray in the name of Christ—that is, to pray consistent with His nature and will. To pray in the Spirit is to pray in complete agreement with the Spirit, who “helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words [real words unuttered, not non words uttered]; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God”

Ephesians 6:18

New International Version (NIV)

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

(NIV) JAMES 4:3

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3

How often have we prayed and felt like God never answered?

The answer to unanswered prayer is in the above two verses; if we pray contrary to His Word, no answer, if we pray from the wrong motives, no answer.

So stop praying to win the lottery, I know, you promised to tithe, support a missionary, etc. but really you expected that prayer to be answered.

The weapons for warfare are spiritual because they are rooted in prayer, which is the Christian’s most powerful resource. Prayer is to permeate believers’ lives as a universal practice, as seen by the use of “all” four times in this verse: at all times … with all prayer … with all perseverance … for all the saints. Prayer in the Spirit is a form of worship (John 4:23–24) enabled by the Spirit of God, who intercedes on behalf of the person who prays (Rom. 8:26–27).

There’s a preacher on the local radio station that has an ad for his church. It starts out saying how he prays every day and nothing happens. So he prays everyday with no expectation but it’s a good habit to have even though nothing happens.

I think this guy is praying to the wrong God, there’s really no such thing as unanswered prayer, sometimes the answer is your praying wrong, amiss, with wrong motives. we need to remember that often God does things to us before he does something for us, and we need to see the difference between God’s answer and our answer. And it’s important to realize no prayer goes unheard. And last but not least the prayer of the unsaved will go unanswered but don’t confuse that with God saying “wait”.

God bless

Prayer requests at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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