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Continue Steadfastly In Prayer
11/13/2009

Continue Steadfastly In Prayer
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 11

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the eighth of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that eighth duty is also our 11th way to honor God.  

11.   "Continuing steadfastly in prayer;" (Rom 12 v. 12)

This word, "Steadfastly" comes from the Greek word, "proskartereo," pros-kar-ter-eh'-o; and it means to be diligent through perseverance, or to "continue in."  So to put this in its proper context for this verse, we are to continually persevere in being diligent and devoted in prayer - and in this case it is referring to our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.

We are told that although we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  And we are told that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds (See 2Cor 10:3-4).  

That means that we don't use a gun or any other formed or fashioned weapon to fight Satan and his emissaries - we use prayer!  Prayer is the most effective weapon for dealing with every test, trial, or tribulation that we will face in our earthly life.  In fact, as we face these tribulations and tests, we will come to a conclusion that we cannot fight the enemy and their attacks on our own, and we will undoubtedly be driven to our knees in prayer.  It is here that we will find our strength.  

Jesus tells us that His unmerited favor is going to be sufficient for our troubles that we encounter, and that His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  Don't get freaked out when you are at your wits end and abilities, and you find that you have nothing left to fight with - you are right where God can now do a mighty work through you.  

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)

Unfortunately many of us believe that prayer is a last resort - only to be used when every other option has been used or considered - not so!  Prayer is the Christian's way of communicating with God, and interceding on behalf of other Christians who are being attacked by the enemy as well.   And according to 2 Cor 10:4-5 it is mighty for pulling down the enemy's stronghold of sin in our lives.  We should never think that we could handle anything without God's help, because that is a temptation from the enemy to get us to walk in independence from our Lord.  

Another temptation we will face as believers is to look upon our brothers and sisters in the Lord during their time of suffering and somehow decide that they deserve what they are going through - possibly because they didn't heed God's Word or abide in what they knew to be right.  Be very careful here, because we should be saying, "There for the grace of God go I."  And that would be true because it could just as well be us.  And even if we are convinced that we would never do what they have done, we have done equally bad in the eyes of the Lord (See James 2:10)

God knows this about us, and He has given us the direction that we should always pray for our brothers and sisters in the Lord - continually, and without ceasing.

Pray without ceasing, 1Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)
 
To pray without ceasing is as essential as our breathing air - if we were to stop it would have a devastating and eventually a deadly effect.  We need to understand that enemy is attempting to keep us too busy, or attempting to get us to think that prayer is of little value or even is a waste of time to pray.  And that is because he knows the power that is contained and released during these times of prayer spent with our Heavenly Father.  

Hey Christian, Don't be fooled any longer!  Don't allow your day to be so crowed - even with good stuff - to not take time and commune with God.  Seek Him in the quiet places and talk with Him; ask Him for advice, and His help with everything you're facing, and with everything your Christian Brother or Sister is facing.  Intercede for others, as you would want them to intercede for you.

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we learn with regard to our condition and our need for prayer from these scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you continually praying about everything, including about the needs of your Christian Brothers and Sisters?

APPLICATION: Let's talk to the Lord about everything.  Let's give Him praise for everything including the tough times that we are facing.  Let's pray for our fellow Christians all the time because the very battle they are facing may just be the battle you will be involved in tomorrow.

Father, Thank You for everything You have given me.  Thank You for everything that You have taught me.  Thank You for the tough times that I have face Lord.  Help me to see the needs of others Lord, and prompt me to pray for them.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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