The Promise of God's Spirit

The Promise and Power of Prayer (5)

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

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You Have to Want It
Gaining access to the promise and power of prayer begins with wanting to improve prayer. When we get to the place where we’re no longer satisfied with our prayers, when we feel like we’re missing something, and realize that we’re not making good use of an almost unbelievable privilege, then perhaps we’ll want to do something about that.

That’s apparently where Jesus’ disciples arrived fairly early in His ministry with them. They noticed something in the disciples of John the Baptist – their prayers were so sincere, so earnest, and so enviable. One of Jesus’ disciples recognized that his own prayers were lacking something, compared to those of John’s disciples, so he appealed to Jesus to teach him and the other disciples how to pray.

Great Working Power

The Promise and Power of Prayer (4)

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

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What Can the Righteous Do?
In the eleventh psalm David responds to a counselor who advises him, in the face of some enemy threat, to head for the high ground, get out of town, beat a path of retreat. In this adviser’s view of the situation, David did not have sufficient power to prevail against his opponent, so his best course of action was to retreat and live to fight another day (Ps. 11:1-3).

But David has a better idea for what the righteous person can do in such times: “In the LORD I take refuge…” (v. 1.). What did he mean by that? “The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven”, David reminded his friend, and he was determined to hasten to His presence and bring this potentially anxiety-producing situation to the Lord. In a time when power was lacking, David determined to go to God in prayer.

Unexplainable Peace

The Promise and Power of Prayer (3) not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7

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Anxious About Everything
These are anxious times. The economy is flimsy. Terror and disease are on the rise. Relationships are more fragile than ever. Morality shape-shifts with abandon; schools flounder; jobs evaporate; wealth disappears, or simply disappoints; and death stalks us daily and stands waiting for us at the end of our journey.

Have a nice day.

Great Things and Mysteries

The Promise and Power of Prayer (2)

“Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3

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Wanna Know a Secret?
“I know a secret.” From childhood to the present, we can’t resist the allure of secrets. Someone wants to tell us something, but insists we have to keep it to ourselves, and we just can’t wait to hear it. We want to be “in the know.” To have a secret is to be “in on” something concerning which others are simply have no clue.

Something in us longs to know secret, forbidden, inaccessible things – the bigger and more spectacular, the better. And this is the first great promise of prayer. The God Who hears and answers prayers promises to show us great things, mighty things, and mysteries we’ve never known before. And that promise never grows old. It’s always fresh, and it’s always true. God always has more great things and mysteries to show us than we’ve ever known.

God Who Hears and Answers

The Promise and Power of Prayer (1)

“Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3

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The Privilege of Prayer
We’ve all known people who tend to abuse their privileges. Give them a little access, and they’re at your door every day. Let them attain some place of status, and they use it to bully the people they’re supposed to serve.

Abuse of privilege is not a good thing. Almost as bad is not using your privileges at all.
Docents of Glory

To Fill All Things (7)

“Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witnesses, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:15-17

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The Witness of Creation
What Paul explained to the people of Lystra must have struck them as strange. The God Who made heaven and earth has left a witness of Himself in the everyday drudgery of our work? How could that be? And more important, if it is so, why didn’t we see this before?

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