Watch and Pray

Welcome back!!  Let’s take a look at what we have learned as we go about building our habitation for the Lord!  We’ve gathered our tools and safety gear; we’re dressed in Truth, Righteousness, The Gospel of Peace with God, Faith, Salvation, and we are learning to wield the Sword of the Spirit.  So we are ready to stand, right??  “Having done all…to stand.” But there are two more things we must do now….so let’s read it, and see if you can guess what they are.

                                                                   Ephesians 6:13-18   

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Yes!!  Praying and watching!  (Just a little hint there with the bold type. 🙂  )

praying hands

Prayer is everything!  It is communion with the Lord.  It is worship; it is joining; it is supplication; it is intercession; it is listening; it is watching; it is knowing; it is healing, restoration, comfort, understanding; it is joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Well, at least it can be, if we approach it with the right state of mind and heart. Prayer should not be one more burdomesome item on our to-do list!  It is a sacred privilege.  Yes, it can be work and warfare.  But think of the honor it is to let the Holy Spirit use you in accomplishing His heart’s desire. (Romans 8: 26 & 27)

Prayer is of great value to the Lord.  It is spiritual incense to Him.  (Rev. 5:8;  Rev. 8:3&4; Psalm 141:2)

Jesus taught us to pray when He gave us The Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6:9-13)  You can use it as a pattern for your prayers every day!  Here it is:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A9-13&version=KJV

Study it for yourself. Break it down. You will see that it covers so much.  Praise, Confession, Yielding, Relationship, Guidance, Help, Warfare, and more praise.  Begin to pray it in your own words, for your own needs, or for others’ needs.  Let it be your model for praying.

I heard a story on the radio just yesterday about the famous man of faith and prayer, George Muller, who built a huge ministry for orphans without ever asking anyone but God for a penny.  He said that for years he started every day with prayer, until he realized that his prayers were much more effective if he first “got my soul happy in the Lord.”  So he started his day with praise from then on!  Praise is great for edifying your own spirit! It helps to focus your faith on who God is; His greatness and power. Once you’ve built yourself up in faith, you are ready to pray!

I’ve kept this post short so that you can learn a little more about George Muller, a man of great faith and effective prayer.  Here is a link to a wonderful story.  Enjoy!

http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bmuller7.html

Let’s Pray:  Our Father in Heaven, Teach us the joy of prayer!  May we enter Your presence every day with great anticipation and faith.  May we glory in our communion with You as we seek to know that our prayers bring you pleasure as a sweet smelling savor. In Jesus Name, 

AMEN

Quote for Today (and everyday!)

God asks for nothing but ourselves. The Lord does not want what we have; He wants who we are. He seeks to create in our hearts a sanctuary for Himself, a place where He may rest. –Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God by Francis Frangipane

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