2 Chronicles 7:1-3 ~ When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple. The priests could not enter the Temple of the Lord because the glorious presence of the Lord filled it. When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the Lord filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”
Oh to pray like Solomon! He prayed Heaven DOWN upon the Temple of God. This did not strike fear in the people, but FAITH. They proclaimed His goodness, faithfulness and love, falling on their face to worship and praise Him.
Humility is the foundation of prayer.
OUR PRAYER LIFE STARTS WITH THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT WE NEED GOD FOR EVERYTHING!
The more humble we are, the more connected to God we are.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. ~ Ephesians 6:18
The Scripture says pray “in the Spirit at ALL TIMES and on EVERY occasion”. This is at every high and every low, in every positive and every negative. Aaron raised Moses’ arms (intercession; lifted him up) on the mountainside (high) for the battle to be won in the valley below.
Israel Defeats the Amalekites
8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. 9 Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”
10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. ~ Exodus 17:8-13
We must not be poor in spirit. Don’t only pray for yourself. Pride sets in when all of our needs are satisfied.
Requesting prayer shows a desire for God’s involvement in your life. If we are not praying, do we really desire God’s involvement in our lives? We should want God to be involved! WHY? Here’s a good answer:
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. ~ Ephesians 3:20
What I see is that many want God’s blessing… but do we want His involvement?
Luke 11:2-4 ~ The Lord’s Prayer
- Do we really want the Kingdom to come?
- Is my life a reflection of that?
OUR BIGGEST PRAYER NEED: Lord, change me so that I can help others.
Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity.
The secret of praying is praying in secret.
A sinning man will stop praying and a praying man will stop sinning.
He who kneels before God will stand in ANY situation.
~ Leonard Ravenhill
It requires NO FAITH on our part to do what is possible, and only a mustard seed of faith is required for God to work the impossible to miraculous. The thing that keeps us from being BOLD in our prayers is our heart ♥. Knowing that He shed His blood for us, what will He withhold? If we are not pure of heart in coming to Him (repentant), we will not ask boldly – for we know the response…
If, according to Oliver Wendall Holmes, a man’s mind, stretched with a new idea, can never go back to its original dimensions, then what shall we say of a soul that has heard the whisper of the Eternal Voice? ~ Leonard Ravenhill
Our battleaxe: THE WORD
Our strength: FAITH in that WORD
The Whole Armor of God
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ~ Ephesians 6:10-17
NOTE that this Scripture precedes the admonition to PRAY in the Spirit at ALL TIMES (Ephesians 6:18). In other words, we put on the armor for battle and the battle is won in PRAYER.
We battle FROM victory, not FOR victory. It is finished.
“The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” ~ JESUS (John 6:63)
“I cried out to you, O Lord. I begged the Lord for mercy…You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing…” ~Psalm 30:8,11
Are we praying that we might DANCE when we have yet to MOURN? There shall be great sorrow for our sins…godly sorrow that brings freedom, not human sorrow that brings bondage…
“For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.”
~ 2 Corinthians 7:10-11
Prayer is going into the presence of the Father and Jesus in an executive meeting, laying my needs before them and making my requests for the ability, grace, power, healing for someone, victory for someone, financial needs, or whatever. Whatever my need, I am requesting for a Promise to be fulfilled. I am making a demand on His ability. Let’s look at this in the Word.
43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
~ Luke 8:43-48
The woman made a demand on his ability. She had to be CLOSE TO HIM to touch Him. Closeness is INTIMACY.
There are only two ways of getting acquainted with Jesus:
- through the Word
- by prayer
Through prayer, we can be co-laborers with our Lord. “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:1
We can be His spokesperson, His voice, His ambassador in Jesus’ Name through the Word in our lips! Jesus did not exercise ANY authority that is not operative in His Name today.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. ~ Matthew 28:18-20 [NKJV]
ALL authority was given to Him. He makes His home in us: “ By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”~ 1 John 4:13
So now, LOOSE that authority! He says “and lo, I am WITH YOU ALWAYS…”
To see a need is to have a call to prayer. If you have neglected to pray, it is no longer a privilege it has now become a strict order. He longs for companionship with us. He wants to co-labor with us so that it will be on earth as it is in heaven!
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. ~ John 14:23
Will you PRAY? Will you learn God’s will by reading His Word? The time to P.U.S.H. is now, for what He has conceived and we have labored for, He is ready to deliver! The Word is BIRTH! But we must P.U.S.H. that delivery through! Come on saints! Let me hear from YOU!
O, Lord let my actions speak loudly and let my words be few. I pray that others who don’t know Jesus can see His love and light in me and like a magnet be drawn to it. Help me to spread the Message. Help me to draw others to You. This salvation is not for me, Lord. I long to see the lost come to You, to love You, to praise You, to worship You longingly, fervently, and without ceasing. I pray for revival that draws out the roots and shakes off that filth, where repentance is to the point of death – fleshy deaths where we want to RISE only when the Spirit of the Lord is breathed into us. Help us, O God, to walk and speak and worship you in Spirit and in Truth. Help us to fight these principalities. Impart FAITH and courage to us, O God, that we can be soldiers in the fight and restore lives, reconciling Your people to You. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN