Every born-again Christian must have a good prayer life. Prayer keeps God involved in our life. God does not invite Himself into our life, we must ask Him for His involvement. God does not respond to all prayer because not all prayer is acceptable. Just because it sounds spiritual and godly, it doesn't mean it is. This will sound crude, but some prayers are nothing more than hot air and a waste of time.
James 5:16 The earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working.
If we will pray the prayers prescribed in the Bible, we should see the effects in our daily lives. It is very possible to pray amiss, these are worthless prayers. These kind of prayers usually are motivated by greed or revenge, not love or the promise of God. Some Christians never learn, they just continue to practice the same errors time and time again. And when they receive no positive response, they blame God or claim it just isn't His will. It’s never their fault, so they cannot be corrected, furthermore they cannot be taught. These folks are the devil’s favorite prey, they are easy pickens for him.
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying.
Prayer is so important to God that He did not entrust men to write their own prayers. He recorded the prayers we should pray for maximum effect. In school some times our teacher would give us an “open book” test, these were my favorites because you just recorded what the book said. Only an idiot could flunk an open book test! Every test we face in life is an open book test, we will easily pass the test if we will just open the book and find the answers. God’s Word never changes, His will never changes, so His prayers will never change. Occasions will change but not Him and not His will.
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered the devil, it is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God.
Jesus used the Word of God to pass the test of the temptation of the devil. He quoted something Moses said hundreds of years before, He took the Word of God praying. The devil had no choice but to submit to the words of Jesus; the devil has no weapons he can use against God’s Word. The devil can dispute some of the prayers “Christians” fabricate.
James 4:3 You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss (worthless) that you may consume it upon your lusts.
God’s Word is always effective if the motive is in line with His will. Why is this? God confirms His Word with signs and wonders, not mans! God does not feed our fleshly lusts, He answers prayer according to His will when spoken in faith. The more prayers you pray, the more answers you receive. If we don’t have a prayer life, God has nothing to offer us, He just stands idly by. I don’t understand Christians who don’t pray but expect God to show up and perform some miracles. Got a prayer life? Well, you need to.
The Master invites me to give, giving and sowing are the same.
I give and sow by faith.
Giving is a prophetic event,
God will confirm with a harvest.
The economy is suffering right now,but I am not moved by it.
I have a prophetic Word
and God will confirm it by harvest.
Matthew 9:37 Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest.”
PRAYING FOR laborers
PRAYING FOR our part: Individually/FOJ Church/Body of Christ in Helena
PRAYING FOR hearts: Our hearts to minister and people’s hearts to receive. We are trees who have been planted, watered and feed by God. We are rooted in His Word and love.
PRAYING FOR divine appointments: 2 Tim 2:19 God knows who are His. Holy Spirit lead appointments!
PRAYING FOR courage: Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of their faces. (Do not shrink back) Philippians 2:13 For He who calls us is faithful; he will surely do it…. equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight.
PRAYING Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation…