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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
"Principles of Prayer"
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”-- Philippians 4:6
There is an awful lot to be worried about these days if one is not a child of God. However, for those that are saved and believe God’s Word, there is nothing to be anxious about. Why worry when you can pray? That question was asked by the songwriter years ago, but is still a very pertinent question. In fact, if you have a worry problem, it is in direct proportion to your prayerlessness. The more one prays, the less one worries, and vice versa. Perhaps you feel that you are praying but still living with anxiety. If that is the case, then we need to examine a few truths about prayer.
1. You don’t pray to impress God. You don’t need to be an amateur Shakespeare when you pray. God is not impressed with our “much speaking,” and our vain repetitions. We are told to cry, “Abba, Father,” which literally means “Daddy.” (Romans 8:15: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:6: “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”)
2. You don’t pray to inform God. You cannot possibly tell God anything He doesn't already know. God knows the end from the beginning. There is nothing in your life that is hid from God. Matthew 6:8, “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” You pray to invite God into your life. When you pray, you are inviting God into the middle of your affairs. When God is invited in, we experience three things:
? Fellowship: “We then as workers together with him…” II Corinthians. 6:1a. Remember, God could do without you, but you cannot do without Him!
? Development: Have you ever prayed and God did not answer right away? What did you do? You kept praying, and searching your heart to see if anything hindered your prayers. This was a growing experience.
? Dependency: God never intended for you to live independent of Him. When you do, you are living faithless, and your life is displeasing to Him. When you pray, you learn to really depend on God for help. This dependency pleases God! If God just did everything for us, we would become prayerless, and take things for granted.
I plead with our church: Develop a life of prayer! Invite God into the very heart of your life’s affairs! He loves you, and cares about you infinitely more than you care for yourself. Don’t worry, when you can pray!