Friday, March 02, 2007

Prayer/Desperation

The Scriptures say that we must pray without ceasing. God tells us that prayer is our communication to Him, our communion with Him, and that He always listens. I don't know about you, but my tendency is to become despondent - looking at myself more than Christ. There's a certain aspect of that tendency that's good in that I'm constantly reminded of my need of a Savior. With that tendency and other circumstances in my life, I've seen more of a need to pray.

Faith's most primary outworking is prayer. If you have strong faith, you'll have a strong prayer life. If your prayer life is weak, your faith is the same. Calvin once said, "...learn that true faith is only that which brings forth prayer to God; for it cannot be but that he who has tasted the goodness of God will ever by prayer seek the enjoyment of it" (Calvin's Commentaries, Romans 10:14).

We must be driven to our knees before God - not to try to prove to Him that we love Him. Instead, we must go to Him because He loves us and He delights in communion with His children. Hence we delight in communing with Him.

Do you believe He'll answer your prayers?
Do you believe He'll do exceeding abundantly above all that you could ask or think?
Do you believe He cares for you?
Do you believe He'll change you as you seek His face?

Seek the Lord. Be bold. Cast your cares on Him. When you fail, trust Christ and run to God.

Praise the Lord for His everlasting mercy and grace. While we're children of the King, and our prayers probably sound more like the googoo gaga's of children, God still calls us to draw near to Him. He'll change you through your relationship with Him. Run to the basics. Run to the Truth. Glorify God.

5 comments:

natamllc said...

Tim,

we do agree here about our life of prayer and praying unceasingly!

I have a prayer ministry. In fact, I was priviledged to be appointed to the Advisory Committee for the National Prayer Embassy in Washington D.C. founded by Dr. B.J. Wilhite.

He came to Fort Worth, Texas recently to be the interim Pastor of the then named UNIVERSITY PARK CHURCH now known as CAPSTONE CHURCH and requested me as he did several others, maybe many others, to pray for a successful mission there as their interim Pastor.

I send him a daily prayer praying for his successful ministry to the Lord and the Church and the lost of Tarrant County, Texas.

Here is what I sent him this morning:::>

THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.

THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
Joh 16:11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS

Jud 1:1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:
Jud 1:2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

LORD
WE ARE “KEPT FOR JESUS CHRIST” AND NOT FOR ETERNAL CHAINS

Jud 1:6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day--
Jud 1:7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
ETERNAL CHAINS AND ETERNAL FIRE

FIRE
FIRE
FIRE
FLAMES
FLAMES
FLAMES

ETERNAL CHAINS AND ETERNAL FIRE AND FLAMES

Jud 1:20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit;
Jud 1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
ETERNAL CHAINS
ETERNAL FIRE AND FLAMES
ETERNAL LIFE

AND SO WE HAVE THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS

LORD TO US IT FALLS THAT WE SHOULD PRAY THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS

SATAN SHALL BE CAST OUT
SATAN HAS BEEN JUDGED ALREADY
WHAT DO WE WAIT FOR?
WHO DISTRACTS US FROM THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS?
THE DECEITFULNESS OF SINS AND RICHES,

SO SEND THE FIRE
SO SEND THE FLAME
SO SEND THE WATER
SO SEND THE RAIN

BY THE HAND OF ANGELS, THE ARCHANGEL AND ANGELS
CAST THEM DOWN FROM THEIR ILL GOTTEN PLACES NEVER TO RISE AGAIN

BY THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
BY THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
BY THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,
Rev 8:4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
Rev 8:5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
MUCH INCENSE
TO OFFER WITH THE PRAYERS OF ALL THE SAINTS
ON THE GOLDEN ALTAR
BEFORE YOUR THRONE
FILL IT WITH FIRE
FILL IT WITH FLAME
FILL IT WITH WATER
FILL IT WITH RAIN
THROWN IT ON THE EARTH LORD
THUNDER,
RUMBLINGS,
FLASHES OF LIGHTNING
AN EARTHQUAKE

SHAKE THESE HEAVENS FREE OF SATAN THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS AND THE WORLD

THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.

THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
Joh 16:11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
Rev 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
Rev 5:10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."

AMEN

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