A number of of my associates have been asking me recently about my prayer life. One way or the other, simply by my dwelling my life, they see how necessary and treasured prayer is to me and my religion.
In my relationship with Christ, prayer is THE most necessary factor in my life. By way of each trial, as a result of I’m in such deep prayer, I see the hand of God working. It’s like He pulls again the curtain and permits me to look into His world and the issues He’s doing in mine.
I’ve to inform you, it’s the good factor on the planet.
That second once you see His hand. You’re in nice mouth-dropping awe and on the identical time, you’re scared, understanding how really highly effective He’s. You’re humbled, realizing that you’ve completely no management in your life. As a result of sure, there’s human will and sure, we are able to insurgent, but when God desires you to do one thing, He’s solely going to allow you to insurgent for therefore lengthy. Whereas human will exists, He’s additionally in full sovereign management the complete time and sure, that is even for unbelievers.
I’ve seen His hand recently within the lifetime of unbelievers and people unsaved. I’ve seen Him use them to perform His will. And seeing all of this, makes me all of the extra fervent in my prayer life. It’s this tenacious starvation to see the Lord and His hand increasingly more. Seeing His energy, His goodness, His love.
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There may be nothing higher, in my view, than seeing God work in a scenario and I’m not speaking about simply seeing one factor occur, however being concerned from day 1 in HIS will. Obeying Him each single day for the duties that He reveals you to do, the roads He reveals you to take, the actions He leads you to do. Prior to now three months, I’ve by no means been nearer to my Lord than in my entire life, and I can inform you that it’s not JUST prayer that does that. It’s not JUST learning the Phrase or studying my Bible. It’s additionally performing in obedience….each single day.
On daily basis for the previous three months, He’s proven me to do one thing. Generally it’s small. Generally it’s somewhat large. Generally I doubt. Generally I argue. Generally I don’t obey with a proper coronary heart, however somewhat obey as a result of I really feel compelled to…not as a result of I WANT to. However irregardless of my humanistic sin nature, as greatest as I probably can, I’ve been obeying Him. And the extra I hearken to Him and deepen my prayers after which obey what He reveals me to do, the nearer to Him I turn out to be. The extra He reveals me, the extra He pulls again that curtain and let’s me see His world….His plans!
That is how our walks with Christ ought to be all the time. Not simply after we’re in a trial, however day-after-day of our lives. Strolling with our nice and wonderful God. Following Him wherever He leads.
It’s essentially the most lovely image you possibly can ever hope to see on this life. I’ve discovered a lot about God in these previous three months. I’ve seen His energy and have been afraid. I’ve seen His love and don’t doubt His good will towards me. I’ve seen His sovereignty- that He WILL work the whole lot out in response to His will and the great of all Christians concerned in sure conditions. I’m really humbled by His redemptive work in my life and within the lifetime of others surrounding me.
However how will we get to the purpose in our relationship the place we are able to have that…the place we are able to see all of this?
Step one is prayer.
On 1/28/2013, I began a grateful/prayer journal. I had heard in a sermon by John MacArthur, a narrative about how he knew a person who would hold a pocket book and go round at church asking everybody how he may pray for them. Every week, he’d comply with up with them on their distinctive prayers and he’d write all of it down as they spoke. So that each week, he’d cross out the prayers that have been answered and add new ones in.
Over time, that easy act, not solely modified the person’s life, however everybody in whom he was asking.
In deciding to begin my very own grateful/prayer journal, I began merely. I didn’t do it in entrance of man, it was extra of a non-public factor, simply between me and the Lord. I purchased a journal and on the highest half of the web page, I wrote the issues I might be grateful of. On the underside half of the web page, I wrote down my prayer requests.
What I observed is that my prayer requests ALWAYS outnumber my grateful checklist. The issues which are necessary to me are extra egocentric, than thanksgiving.
This was the primary efficient lesson I discovered in maintaining a journal. So, I made a decision that I’d START with my grateful checklist first and write down 5 a day BEFORE I may even BEGIN my prayer checklist.
Some days, my coronary heart was bitter and offended. I didn’t need to be grateful. Some days, the thanksgiving flew out of me shortly. However after being constant, I began changing into a way more grateful individual. And I noticed that even in trials, there’s nonetheless all the time many issues to be pleased about.
Among the issues I’d write down have been:
- Salvation – I might be glad I’m saved, that God selected ME out of the billions of individuals on Earth to have a relationship with.
- Having a Biblical church to go to – I’ve traveled a LOT and have lived in MANY locations and I can inform you, that the quantity of really Biblical, strong theological church buildings as we speak are few and much between. Whereas there are church buildings on each nook it appears, a lot of them are preaching a gospel opposite to God’s Phrase.
- Bodily wants supplied – I’ve a wonderful residence, meals in my fridge, even a freezer full within the storage and a second pantry filled with meals. I’ve a somewhat giant closet with manner too many garments in it (I’m obsessive about jackets and have over 20 of them!). Actually, I’m blessed.
- Good associates – I’ve just a few very shut associates that really love me and I can depend on to not run away when the robust will get going.
Many occasions, the grateful issues have been extra private. An entry I wrote on 2/12/13 says that nothing unhealthy has occurred in 8 days. If you’re within the midst of a trial, you get to know the unhealthy days REAL good! So, when a day goes by the place there are not any assaults from Devil, it’s a very good day. I used to be grateful that I didn’t have any assaults in 8 days!
Or when my outdated automotive’s ignition went out an an extremely superior man within the church, fastened it for me. These are the sorts of belongings you keep in mind as a single mother. These are the sorts of individuals you pray for occasionally. At some point, if God ought to ever permit me the great thing about being married once more, I pray that my husband will likely be a type of males that go round serving to and fixing issues for single mothers and the aged. As a result of there are true wants there and it’s such a blessing to each events within the scenario!
As time went on, I stored doing simply as that man had performed, crossing off prayers that have been answered. By maintaining document, I found one thing TRULY wonderful.
God solutions each SINGLE ONE of our prayers! Do you know that?!?!?!
Each prayer I’ve prayed has been answered ultimately through the years. Some have taken longer to reply. Some solutions have been no. Some the place sure. Some have been prompt. Some have been wait. However each single prayer I’ve written down has been answered except one…
For the previous 6 years or so, I’ve been praying to maneuver again to Oregon. I completely miss it there. I’d transfer again in a heartbeat if given the chance, however so far, God has mentioned no. And whereas it hurts,and my coronary heart is IN Oregon, I do know I’m proper the place He desires me to be…however I nonetheless pray, sooner or later I can transfer again! 🙂 You simply by no means know…
Hear guys, God listens to us. He cares about us. The issues which are necessary to US, the issues that appear so insignificant and even foolish, are necessary to him! Why? As a result of He genuinely loves us.
I believe that it’s additionally essential to notice at this level, that we ought to be very CAREFUL about our prayers! Understanding that He does reply them and typically He’ll give us precisely what we ask, it doesn’t all the time transform the perfect and we remorse it. That has occurred a pair occasions with me and so now, I’m very cautious in my prayers and I’m very particular.
For instance, once I ask God for a future husband, I get REAL particular. Down to private preferences like I don’t need him to be a bushy man. I don’t like beards, mustaches, bushy backs, and so on. And I’m actually not a fan of muscle tissues (I do know, bizarre proper). It might appear extraordinarily foolish, proper, however once you get your prayer answered in one thing and you want you possibly can have gone again and altered up the prayer somewhat bit, newcomers will study REAL QUICK to begin praying extra detailed and particularly! Belief me on that! BE SPECIFIC! Not in the best way that God is a few magic genie granting needs, don’t get me unsuitable, however that the issues which are necessary to you, it is best to pray about them.
Your prayer life is your lifeline with God. We’re at a degree in historical past the place we now have entry to the Holy Spirit within us who intercedes on our behalf, praying for the issues we don’t know to wish for, however must. And whereas this can be a enormous blessing, we mustn’t take it with no consideration both.
I believe one of many greatest issues that modified my prayer life and actually opened my eyes was throughout one other sermon.
Let’s think about you’ve a greatest pal and so they occur to be staying with you for one week at your own home. Throughout that week, you not often speak to them in any respect. You simply do your personal factor and ignore them a lot of the time. How lengthy do you suppose you’d be associates with them?
Not lengthy, proper?!
It’s the identical with God. He IS dwelling with us, in our hearts. If we by no means speak to Him, hearken to Him, or domesticate that relationship, it’s doomed. Then after we need one thing from him, we go to Him and pray, “Lord, assist me out of this example,” and it’s virtually like He says, “Huh, you speaking to me?”
We are able to’t try this. He’s our BEST FRIEND. Deal with Him like a greatest pal. You may’t get sufficient time along with your greatest pal. You’re there with them by means of thick and skinny. You hear. You care. You speak to them about deep issues. You share. You belief. You get to know them and allow them to get to know you. There’s no guard there with a greatest pal. You’re feeling protected sufficient to inform them something and them to not run away for the hills. Speak to God in the identical manner. All day, day-after-day, about the whole lot.
Do that for just a few months and inform me in case your relationship with God will not be exploding with ardour.
As a result of keep in mind, you spend your money and time on what’s necessary to you. Do you spend your time with God? Is He REALLY all that necessary to you? I encourage you as we speak to deal with God like your greatest pal…as a result of for those who’re really saved…He’s!