March 21, 2011
Formula or plan or pattern takes difficulty out prayer. The LORD Jesus gave the so called Lord's Prayer as a pattern or formula.
From Paul's prayer in Eph 1:15-19, we learn to:
1. Be intentionally thankful to the LORD.
God's blessing includes both things that are given to have and things that are kept back from us in order to enhance the blessed life. Like in Eden, the avoidance of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was to preserve life. A child too must be raised with permission to do some things while other things are withheld from them.
We tend to let things that we think are held back from us or not working steal our gratitude to God. As in Eden, Satan specializes in drawing attention to what is disallowed and highlights and offers it as solution to our so called problems.
2. Make mention of others in prayers
3. Pray for the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the knowledge of God.
March 13, 2011
With formula and a plan - like a recipe, any thing we attempt becomes easier to do. A recipe make someone who has never cooked before potentially a great cook just by following instruction.
Many people cite the reason they don't pray much as, 'they do not know what to say.' If you will learn from these insights, you will eliminate this excuse for good.
It is important that we do what has to be done to spend a long time praying because as we spend more time with God, gradually we become like Him and more, as the Bible commands us to. As you develop the habit if prayer, you will find it pleasurable to spend time in the presence of God.
Ephesians Prayer Formula - From Eph 1:15- on
1. Giving thanks - Don't fall for the temptation to overlook the things that many things are working out and focus on what is working out.
March 6, 2011
We continue with more 'Strategies of Prayer':
There are times we need to pray for a long period of time. At Gethsemane, Jesus was disappointed that His disciples could not spend one hour praying. And for those times, you need a fomular and a plan for how to actually get to pray the long prayer, otherwise it will never happen.
Long prayer increases interaction with God which make His effect on us greater. Just like the things about the people you hand around rub off on you.
1. God wants us to pray for leaders: kings and all in authority.
The devil is interested in people who influence a lot of people because if they get that person, they get all their followers. For instance movie starts, music stars etc. People copy their manners and lifestyles with unbridled loyalty.
So even the lawmakers and political leaders who make decisions that affect everybody are his prime targets.
2. All those who are in authority:
We all have people over us in authority. Our bosses at work. Husbands. Pastors. teachers, lecturers, landlords, vendors, etc. Naturally it is easier to hate them and complain about them.