Friday, December 3, 2021

Prayers and Petitions

Prayers and Petitions 

I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. 

O Lord, is anything too hard for You? I commit my way to You, trust also in You, and You shall bring it to pass. I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to You, Lord God. I cast all my care upon You, for You care for me. When Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it, He went up to Your house, Lord, and spread it before You. Then He prayed to You. So, it shall come to pass that before I call, You will answer; and while I am still speaking, You will hear. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. I love You, Lord, because You have heard my voice and my supplications. Because You have inclined Your ear to me, therefore I will call upon You as long as I live. Throughout Your Word, dear Lord, You remind me of how much You love me. That love is reason enough for me to pray always, rejoice always, and worry never! 

JOB 5:8; GENESIS 18:14; PSALM 37:5; PHILIPPIANS 4:6; 1 PETER 5:7; ISAIAH 37:14–15; ISAIAH 65:24; JAMES 5:16; PSALM 116:1–2 - Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening 

In the very early morning hours I drove back to be with my Wife.  Prayers began the trip, some were very quick short. ones, others longer.

Was amazing to see answers that came almost immediately. 

Last night answers came to some things with selling our house.  

Prayers and Petitions are part of living your life in Christ Jesus.  It ought to be as natural as breathing. When we rely on us we don't see God's bigger picture. We miss what He's already working on. 

Our relationship with Jesus ought to be more important than any we have in this world.  More than with family or with friends.  Our life is supposed to reflect the light of Jesus, not the darkness that is the world.  Since Jesus IS the light if we aren't in the light then where are we? 

We see of even the early church needing reminders of walking in the light. We read of the need to stir them up by way of reminder. If they, then shouldn't we be as well?  If the early Church which was stronger in the faith needed it, should we be any less in need of it?  If we indeed believe that we are in the last days...that time frame of which Jesus wondered would have the faith...then by all means we need to be reminded!

Psalms, hymns and Spiritual songs.
Prayers for leaders. 
Prayers for our walk with Jesus. 
Prayers for each other. 
Praying ought to be like breathing. Nehemiah showed it doesn't need to be elaborate or a repeating of words. 

Worry is a prayer with no direction. 
Prayer is giving it a direction...up!

Being also careful of what you're praying for as well.  James 4:3 NASB "You ask and do not receive, because you ask with the wrong motives, so that you may spend what you request on your pleasures."

We also read in Haggai 1 NASB of this:
“This is what the Lord of armies says: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt.”’” Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to live in your paneled houses while this house remains desolate?” Now then, the Lord of armies says this: “Consider your ways! You have sown much, only to harvest little; you eat, but there is not enough to be satisfied; you drink, but there is not enough to become drunk; you put on clothing, but there is not enough for anyone to get warm; and the one who earns, earns wages to put into a money bag full of holes.”

The Lord of armies says this: “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains, bring wood, and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be honored,” says the Lord. You start an ambitious project, but behold, it comes to little; when you bring it home, I blow it away. Why?” declares the Lord of armies. “It is because of My house which remains desolate, while each of you runs to his own house. Therefore, because of you the sky has withheld its dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. And I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on what the ground produces, on mankind, on cattle, and on all the products of the labor of your hands.”

You may pray and pray and wonder about the response from God, what we read in Haggai might be a possibility. We also read in Daniel about the Spiritual Warfare that accompanied the prayers of Daniel. 

Satan does NOT want our faith bolstered by God's answers to our prayers. 

Lastly we are directed to pray without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."

God's will is our sanctification, God's will is in our prayers to God. God's will is in our giving thanks to God. 

We are to bear one another's burdens to fulfill the law of Christ.  This too is God's will for us.

What are you doing in regards to cultivating a growing prayer life that reflects a right relationship with Jesus?

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