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The 4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-4

The 4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-Part IV

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 (NKJV)

In Part III of the 4-Essentials to Spiritual growth, we looked at what prayer is.  We learned that prayer is speaking to, and listening to God.  We learned that we can do it in any position and at any time, and that we can do it audibly or in the quietness of our thoughts.  In Part V we will learn why we, as Christian men and women need to be praying to God.

Q:    Why should I pray?

A:    Well, I would like to point to the scriptures above to give us a sneak peak at some common sense insight. 

In Matthew 7:7, Jesus tells us to "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you."

Well, all of these, asking, seeking and knocking, are forms of communication and all of these will be done through prayer. 

Let me give you 2-key-reasons as to why we should pray.

1.    Prayer develops our relationship with God.

All relationships need communication or they will fall apart.  Whether it is our marriage, a friendship with someone, or a working relationship, we must communicate to strengthen it.

And it is no different in our relationship with God.  We see the Prophet Zechariah speaking of Gods people calling out to Him during tribulation and Him answering their prayers.
I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure.  I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold.  They will call on my name, and I will answer them.  I will say, 'These are my people, and they will say,' 'The LORD is our God.' Zechariah 13:9 (NLT)

2.    Jesus told us to Pray

Every one of us is instructed to pray because Jesus has told us to, and as His disciples, we are to obey His commands if we truly love Him (See John 14:15).  Jesus has given us credible reasons as well for our praying. 

"Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!" Matthew 26:41 (NLT)

How often should we pray?
Continually, for everything, and for everyone.

The Apostle Paul exhorted us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions.
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 (NLT)

Okay, we have resolved to pray, but what happens if we don't know how we should pray about a specific need, or we don't know what to pray for with regards to a situation?

Don't worry because God has thought about everything and has a perfect plan for these times.  He has given us the Holy Spirit to live within our bodies and to help lead us in every aspect of life, and this includes our prayers.  The Holy Spirit will help us in our prayers when we don't know what, or how to pray. 

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with Gods own will. Romans 8:26-27 (NLT)

We need to always remember something about our praying; we don't pray to move God closer to our will for what "we" want as if He is some sort of a genie in a bottle.  We pray so that we will move closer to God's perfect will for that particular situation. 

Prayer isn't getting what we want-it is getting what God wants for us.  He is God, and therefore He knows exactly what we need, and He has a perfect plan.  We simply need to come into agreement with His plan, and place our trust in Him.  As we pray for His will, and place our trust in Him, we will be given a perfect peace right in the midst of the storm (See Isa 26:3; Phil 4:6-7).

If we diligently seek God in every aspect of our life; if we are willing to continually come to Him in prayer to find out what His will is for whatever we are facing, then He will be faithful to show us, guide us, and to provide whatever is needed to complete His will.

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to keep praying to God for every detail of your life.  Pray continually, and you will have a peace, knowing that God is in control.  Things will definitely go smoother because you will not be anxious, or filled with uncertainty, but instead, you will be confident that God is at work, and He has every detail worked out. 

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn from the verses in this devotional with respect to praying?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you praying about everything?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in prayer for every aspect of life. Do this before it becomes a crisis, and it will usually alleviate most of our trials brought on by poor choices.

Father, Thank You for teaching us about prayer.  Thank You for allowing us to seek You for the smallest details of our life.  Thanks for letting us have the opportunity to talk to You about everything.  Help me to see things the way You do today.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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