Text: 1 Thessalonians 5: 17. Pray without ceasing.
A believer who jokes with Prayer will be an easy prey for the enemy.
It is vital for your faith and your spiritual building.Have you ever longed for a deeper prayer life?
Do you find yourself constantly asking God for something, sensing that prayer must be more than merely begging Him to give you what you want?
In today’s devotional, we will explore the deeper prayer life and discover how to communicate with God in prayer.
1. Understanding eternal life through prayer.
As Jesus described eternal life, He said;
John 17: 3. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Eternal life is more than living forever, it is knowing God and experiencing His love, goodness, and joy without end.
As we pray, we enter into His presence and experience His love in our lives.
2. Understanding the purpose of prayer.
Many pray without receiving because they only make a request that would satisfy their sinful desires. James 4:3.
Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane illustrates the true purpose of prayer.
Matthew 26: 39. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Prayer involves far more than our seeking God to meet our needs.
In Prayer, we surrender our will to His.
It is not about getting God’s attention to what we want, but rather discovering what He wants for us.
In Prayer, we seek to discover His will over every situation we encounter.
3. Cultivating a consistent prayer lifestyle.
Mark 1: 35. And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Two things this text reveals,
i. Jesus rose early in the morning. (How often do you rise and pray early in the morning on a consistent schedule?)
ii. Jesus found a solitary place to pray.
It is important that a place is set apart, if available, for a constant communication with God.
Some years back as I lived in my school dormitory, I had a special place that I blessed and set out to always meet with God.
And in most cases, when my prayer time approaches, the Lord would speak to me, and remind me of our meeting. Many times God would wake me up to honor my prayer schedule.
Jesus was consistent in His prayer life. Luke 5:16.
In like manner, God expects us to consistently key into prayer.
4. Choosing prayer partners.
It is very important as a believer, to have two or three out of all your friends that can pray with you for some special need.
Who were Jesus’ regular prayer partners?
Luke 9: 28. And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
Jesus’ special prayer partners were His disciples.
Praying aloud and fervently with two or three other special friends opens our hearts to receive the special anointing of God’s Holy Spirit.
Praying with friends in agreement produces a great result. Matthew 18:19.
5. The promise of God to those who pray.
Luke 11: 13. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Matthew 7: 7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
6. Understanding the power of intercession.
Intercessory prayers are only seen in the life of matured Christians.
As I taught in a prayer cell meeting, I told the believers that we must grow from the level of seeking personal needs to the level of Interceeding for other believers in faith.
Just as a little baby is always protective to her properties, and keep a selfish attitude is the same way believers who concentrate on themselves alone all the time in the prayer room are likened. (Baby believers).
When Satan attempted to hold Peter in spiritual bondage, what did Jesus do?
Luke 22: 31. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Notice that Jesus Prayed for Simon Peter by name. Our Lord invites us to pray earnestly for our lives ones by name.
Through Prayer, God works miracles on their behalf. And through prayer we get to know God better.
Choose a time and place to pray daily.
Open your heart to God.
Share with Him your Joys and sorrows.
Express to Him your deepest needs.
Be sensitive to the impressions of His Spirit, and you will live surrounded by the Joy of His presence.
God bless you.