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Prayer Is Not Passive
1/28/2010

Prayer Is Not Passive

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

All too often we utilize every feasible human effort and resource possible "Before" we go to God in "Prayer."  It is a sad but common failure among the "Believing" Christian community.  It's unfortunate that many of us as professing believers regard prayer as something to be done after we try and solve the issue "Our" way. We seem have lost the dynamic of how amazingly powerful prayer is and how God has told us to use this form of communication to speak with Him, and to access His power and might.  

The more I thought about this great tragedy within our Christian community I actually pondered as to why we have done this.

Q:    Do we not feel that our prayer has any power to make a difference?

A:    Actually we are told the exact opposite in the Book of James.

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)

Q:    Do we feel that we are not worthy of going directly to God and asking Him for help?

A:    Jesus answers this question clearly when He gave this invitation.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

Q:    Do we some how not believe that God is all-powerful and capable of answering our prayers?

A:    We see God answering this question as He told the Prophet Jeremiah of His capabilities.
 
 "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" Jeremiah 32:27(NKJV)

Q:    Do we not believe that He cares about our needs?

We are told in 1 Peter that God does care for us and that we are to go to Him in prayer and cast all of our cares upon Him.  

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV)

Q:    Do we not believe that He knows what's best for us, or that He has the best possible way to meet our deepest need?

We are told in the Book of Isaiah that God's ways are so much higher than our ways, so it would stand to reason that He would know what is best for us.

 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD.  "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

Truth be told, there are a thousand reasons why people don't go to the Lord in prayer - and every one of them is a bad reason.  Were told in the Book of James that we don't have because we don't ask (Jas. 4:2).  Billy Graham once said, "Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask."

We are told in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, that our weapons are mighty for pulling down strongholds, which can be addictions, depression, anger, fear, anxiety or bad habits - and that main weapon is "Prayer."

It is through prayer that we are able to petition God for things such as His provision; protection, wisdom and ultimately that His will be done.

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 (NKJV)
 
And this isn't relegated to the times where things are tough, but we are to pray without ceasing, which means continually (1Thess. 5:17).  And we are told to rejoice in hope, to be patient in tribulation, and to continue steadfastly in prayer (Rom. 12:12).

Hey Christian, there are far too many facets of prayer to even begin to cover it in this devotional - but the fact is that prayer is not passive - it is our active lifeline and our best way to experience a healthy relationship with God.  One more thing to remember here - you don't have to stop and bow your head every time you pray - you can do it with eyes wide open, while your driving, sitting, standing, or laying down - so there is no reason to stop you.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about pray from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you praying about everything?  Are you taking time to talk to God throughout your busy day, or is this time getting crowded out.

APPLICATION: Make it a priority today to talk to God several times.  Make sure to thank Him for everything - even the tough times of testing, before you petition Him for the things you need.  No matter what, finish by honestly saying, "I ask these things according to Your will."

Father, Thank You for the ability to couple together and be able to speak with you directly.  Thank You for providing this ability through Your Son's death and His payment for my sin.  Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit today and empower me to do everything that You have ordained for me to do.  May You be given great glory and honor in my actions.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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