Be Instant In prayer

November 4, 2014

 

Be Instant In Prayer

“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).

Prayer is one of the most blessed privileges God has given to those who are his children.  It is no wonder that one of Jesus disciples said to him “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).  In response, Jesus taught them what is often called “The Lord’s Prayer.” “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.   Give us day by day our daily bread.    And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4).  This is not a prayer to be repeated word for word.  It is to be taken as a model prayer.

The Lord’s prayer teaches us how to pray and suggests some things we should pray for.  There are some things in this prayer that we should be continually asking for.  Perhaps we don’t need to ask God for our daily bread.  If not, we should thank him for meeting that need.

New Christians need to be taught how to pray.  First, they need to learn how to talk to God in private.  It isn’t wise to ask them to pray out loud in public right away without asking them if they are ready for it.  They may feel uncomfortable and awkward about it at first.

Even some who have been believers for years often need help in knowing how to pray.  We need to keep God out of our prayers.  Let me explain what I mean by that.  When we pray, we talk to God.  It is personal.  When we are praying, it isn’t right to make mention of “the word of God.” It should be “your Word.” Even some pastors often make this mistake.  We use “you” and “your” when we talk to God.  For example, when we talk to God we don’t say “the Lord’s people.” They are “your people.” Could it be that  some develop a public prayer vocabulary that they use and forget that they are talking directly to God?  When I hear people use the impersonal object in prayer this way, it leaves me with a question about how personal their relationship is with God.

We should pray in Jesus name.  That’s what he tells us in John 14:13-14.  “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.    If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” Jesus gives us authority to ask things of God the Father.  He gives us authority to approach God the Father.  He promised to give us what we ask for.  That needs some clarification.  James 4:3 tells us why we don’t always get what we ask for.  “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”  Our all wise God knows what is best for us.  One lady confessed “If God would have always given me what I ask for, I would have married the wrong man three times.”

I John 5:14 tells us that we must ask according to God’s will if we expect to receive.  “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”  It is always best to leave our petition in God’s hands and let him answer according to his will.

Prayer changes things.  If we really believe that, we will pray more often.  He tells us to be instant in prayer.  Anytime, anywhere, we can pray.  Thank be to God, we don’t need a prayer book.  We can ask God for what we want in our own words. God is never too busy to hear and answer our prayers.  He bids us come to him.  Luke 18:1 says, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Don’t neglect to pray.

If you have questions or comments you can direct them to us at the following address:  rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

 

 

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