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It is through God's Word that we can know, believe and agree in faith with God's will. Without His Word our prayers have no foundation, they are based merely on our opinions, desires and feelings, rather than on the living and enduring Word of God. 1 Peter 1:23 ‘For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God’, however, all the Power of God is at the disposal of true prayer. God wants to use His Power in the World, however for Him to do so, we must understand how to appropriate His words. If we are not experiencing God’s power in our lives, then maybe we should be asking ourselves; ‘how strong is our faith’? Without faith it is impossible to please God, for He who comes to God, must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 ‘And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him’.
When we pray we need to put our heart and soul into it. Paul speaks of labouring in prayer; Colossians 4:12 ‘Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured’. Our confidence in prayer is not based on our ability to speak, but on God's ability to hear and understand and God always knows what we are trying to say, through the Holy Spirit; Romans 8:26 ‘In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans’. In John 17:1-5 Jesus shows us that He had a perfect relationship with His Father; ‘After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began’.
Colossians 3:15-17 ‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him’.
The Heart of Prayer is asking God to intervene in the World to fulfil His eternal purpose for mankind. We should pray to God on the basis of His Word and experience the revelation of 'Who He is', 'What His will is' and 'What He has promised'. Prayer is an earthly license for heavenly interference.
Author: Herbert Jean
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