God wants us to seek His face and get on our knees in prayer. God doesn’t always give us what we want but always want we need for he has a plan and purpose for our lives to glorify him in everything. God wants our prayers to be genuine towards him and wants us to spend time with him in His word and through prayer to grow in our relationship with Him. In the book of 2 Chronicles, it says, “If my people who are called by my name 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 heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14,
Fellow preachers will hopefully be encouraged by this and want to devote their life to prayer, so that they will better their preaching. Bounds exemplifies through his work that preaching has no power without prayer. He also sets forth the idea that prayer is the life-giving force behind our work for God. In reading this book, it inspires one to pray more and be able to be more effective in their ministry. In the beginning of the book, Bounds expresses that we depend on God just as much as he depends on us.
The Leader and His Praying What a challenging first sentence is found in "The Leader and His Praying"! Sanders writes, "In nothing should the leader be ahead of his follower more than in the realm of prayer." If I could choose one area of my Christian life where I feel my personal weakness, it is in the area of prayer. I love to read, to visit, and to preach, but each of them is concrete enough to provide some immediate feedback. I can have a quick sense of accomplishment, whether or not I've accomplished what the Lord desires.
Prayer is an important part of our daily lives. In praying regularly we grow closer to God for we are communicating with God. In prayer we may be asking him for help or thanking and praising him for His blessings but we are speaking with the Lord and He sincerly wants to hear and answer the prayers of His people. The second petition in the Lord’s prayer is your kingdom come. This petition is mentioned in Luke 11 when Jesus is teaching his disciples to pray and in Matthew 6:10 in Jesus’ sermon on the mount where the subject was the kingdom of heaven.
We should know why we pray and why it is important. We should also know that prayer cant just come from our mouths but from our hearts as well. Our affections cling to self and to worldly objectives; our prayer cannot rise above their level no matter what words we use. In Luke 11:1 it says “ Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” we should be taught to pray either from the church or from the people around us. Taught in a sense of listening, not actually taking lessons on it.
Prayer meetings are all about sharing problems, recognizing the needs of others and praying together as a church or group to help each other. For example, when a group of Christians gather for prayer meeting, one of them might share the struggles he is facing of attending prayer meetings with the disagreement of his family. Prayer meetings are to encourage, strengthen the faith of one another and to help individuals know God more. According to Ziglar (1998), emotions can cause us grief ... ... middle of paper ... ... Christ is our savior. It is by sin that we face difficulties in being faithful Christians but only through Christ that we grow spiritually.
In the life of a believer, worshipping the Lord should be a daily discipline. Jesus talks about worship often to His disciples. In John 4:23 Jesus says, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipper will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” Jesus emphasizes the importance of worship to disciplines in explaining that God the Father seeks worshippers who truly worship Him. Worship is a gateway for the presence of God. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God “inhabits the praises of Israel.” When we praise, God is there in the midst of it and is inhabiting our praises.
The Book of Proverbs The book of Proverbs explains the wisdom of the Lord and the duties towards God and our parents. We should praise God for his wisdom because He created us and the world. God tells us that we need to be prepared when we serve Him because He will judge us when we die. We need to accept whatever falls upon us and make the best of it like God would want us to do. The book of Proverbs tells us that we need to cling on to Him which to me that means we should follow His teachings and do whatever it takes to be with God so we can share in God's life in heaven.
But Christian prayer is more than asking for things. It should involve praising, thanking and confessing to God. Many Christians neglect their prayer life though. Jesus taught his disciples that they needed to pray in order to have a strong connection with God and we see Jesus prayed before performing many of his miracles for example in
The Bible teaches us to wait on our call (Rom 12:3-8). It is often said that ‘patience is a virtue’; indeed, patience is being prepared to wait for something without being irritated or anxious. As Paul admonishes us in Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Now let’s look at the second essential factor, discernment. Many of us miss the importance and the connection between the gift of discernment and worship.