Prayer: Part 1

10/23/2012 12:57
How often do you pray? The average Christian will say every day. Most Christians pray every night before they go to bed. And though that it is good, that is not enough. As Christians, we should be praying constantly. Our day should begin with a prayer and end with one. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
There is two things that are key in that scripture…and those two things are that we should pray in the spirit and pray at all times.  Now we all know what prayer is and it simply is communication with God. It is how we develop a relationship with him and intimately connect with him. David says in Psalm 141:2 “Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.”

Now there are some conditions before our prayer can be heard and met before God. Just because you pray to God doesn’t mean he will hear or honor your requests. First and foremost, you need to repent of any sins you committed. David says in Psalms 66:18, “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

Second, you must humble yourself before the Lord when you pray. God is not our Genie that we can rub the right way and he will just make our wishes and requests come true. We can’t talk to God anyway kind of way-especially when we know we have been acting any kind of way.
 We have to humble ourselves. God says in 2 Chronicles 7: 14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Psalms 66:18,  Third, you need to forgive anyone you have issues or problems with. In Mark 11:25-26 Jesus says, “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions."  In order to be forgiven, you must forgive. God will not hear your prayers if you have not forgiven your fellow brother or sister.  

 Today I encourage you to pray at all times. But before you pray, seek repentance from any sins you may have committed and humble yourself before the Lord so that he may hear from you. Then you need to forgive, forgive, and forgive! God will not forgive you, if you have not forgiven others.  We all know that prayer done right is powerful. So do it right!
Today’s Scripture: “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17