Pray Early and Often…

Welcome — Welcome! 

Blessings to you.

It is a wonderful day and I must say “this is the day the Lord has made and I will REJOICE and be glad in it!”

Thank you for taking the time to visit.  Please know that it gives me great JOY to serve the Lord in this way.

I believe you will be encouraged and inspired as you read today’s message which is about PRAYER.  

I am a BIG believer in prayer and I do hope you are too.  But, if  you’re not yet – I’m praying right now that after reading this post – you will be one step closer.

Our Scripture focus today is from the book of Psalm:  5:3 —

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

I imagine most people have prayed sometime in their lives.  Some regularly and others infrequently.  If you desire to grow stronger in FAITH and develop a closer relationship with God – a regular prayer life is an absolute necessity.  

Eight years ago, when I began my walk with the Lord –  I believed prayer was simply talking to God – and indeed, I spent very little time “listening to hear from God”  – and MUCH time mostly asking Him for things.   I certainly  wanted the things I requested and when they didn’t arrive I felt frustrated and disheartened.  

My breakthrough came one day in the past couple of years when I read God’s Word in the book of James – Chapter 5:16 —

“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

This simple statement unlocked the door to a more rewarding prayer life for me.  I realized I didn’t have a proper understanding of prayer.   I saw then that it is communion with God and not simply communication where I log my requests, whine and cry.   But PRAYER actually means to come together or bring into agreement all things with God.  It is a one-on-one meeting(appointment) with our Mighty God who created us.  

Halleluiah!

I thank God everyday for the awesome privilege of PRAYER and His grace and mercy.

I decided also on that day for clarity to get out my dictionary and make sure I understood the meaning of the following words from James 5:16 —

“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Effectual – means to work as intended (intention is to come into agreement with God)

Fervent – means earnest (not to be confused with emotion)

Righteous man – means one who enjoys a covenant with God.  Covenant is like a bond such as marriage.  When we have a covenant relationship with God – He is responsible for our well-being.  He commits to leading us and providing for us.  Amen.

Did you know that God has a standing offer to anyone who desires this relationship, and it begins by accepting Him as Lord and serving Him by living according to His Word.  

When this type of relationship exists, God readily meets us in prayer – we feel His LOVE  – and the frustration with thoughts about “unanswered” prayers – which tends to weaken our FAITH – lessens.  

Prayer strengthens our Faith, and Faith spurs Prayer.  I believe what I’ve read that there is a part of all of us that is spirit and longs to commune with God.  It is instinctive.   

Our covenant relationship with God establishes the most intimate relationship possible – His Spirit literally lives on the inside of us.  The Holy Spirit prepares us (our hearts) to listen and hear from God.  The Holy Spirit will also pray for us if we yield ourselves.  It is truly a blessing to have the Holy Spirit of God interceding for us.  

The last two important words from James 5:16 — “availeth much.” 

I believe “availeth much” means I(we) may expect God to answer.  It will be in His time – not ours but I have FAITH in Him and know He won’t fail to answer.

So, my Friend – to recap – answered prayer basically requires righteous living.  We have to live holy if we want to maintain a covenant relationship with God.  Living holy requires us to dedicate ourselves to God.  His will must supersede our own.  Living holy does not mean we will not make mistakes – because we will.  However, we are required to make every effort to live according to God’s Word.  

Last, remember that effective prayer builds our relationship with God and our confidence in His Word.  It is essential to the well-being of our inner man, and Jesus’ life on earth was a testament to this TRUTH.  Jesus clearly demonstrated the necessity of prayer.  His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where He said, “Thy will be done.”  – shows He understood the ultimate purpose of prayer is that God’s will be done on earth.  

Let’s please bow our heads together and end this post with a prayer —

“God, we pray all will commit to a life of prayer and a covenant relationship with you.  And, no matter what our situation is or what crisis we’re going through we will let our FIRST RESPONSE be to stop and PRAY before we do anything else.   

Halleluiah!

Thank You Lord.

Amen.


 

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