PrayerBro. David Chancellor
4/18/2010 6:00 PM
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing 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.
Don’t worry. Anxious care solves no problems. Time spent worrying doesn’t change much. Instead of worrying, pray. Prayer is our way of asking God to change things. Instead of being anxious and worried, take it to God and ask him to change it. We can find peace and the peace we need in putting things in God’s hands and letting him change them. When we pray, we want to see a difference.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Prayer is not something you do to be seen. Public prayer is not wrong, but praying to be seen is wrong. Prayer has a purpose – to communicate to God the needs and desires of our hearts. When we pray our focus should be on talking to God and let him know what we need. Secret prayer will result in open answers. Don’t be concerned with whether or not someone else is praying "enough". Prayer will result in God being visible in your life.
Don’t get hung up on words or amount of time. Bring your request to God. Let your heart cry out to God. That’s what praying is about. You don’t have to go into detail about what’s needed, or how to achieve it. God already knows.
Prayer is about unburdening your heart to God. Giving it all over to God is where we can find a blessing in prayer.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
We need the Spirit to pray. We need anointed praying as much as we need anointed preaching. "…for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered…" The Spirit intercedes where these true emotions can be at work. You can’t put these emotions into words. The Spirit in us can express those emotions to God in love, fervency and desire.
"And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." We need to ask according to God. Pray based on God and who he is. Ask largely. You’re not asking according to yourself. God is able to do what we ask and chooses to do what we request. We ask according to our understanding of God. We need the Spirit to reveal him as he is. Jesus came down to reveal God as our Father. The Spirit gives value and meaning to our prayer. HE helps it be more than a recitation, but an outpouring of the heart.
1 John 5:14-16
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
God hears everything that goes on. When we ask according to his will, we have an audience with God. (Similar to house Esther sought an audience with the king). We have reason to expect an audience with God when we’re saved. Esther had a serious request that would cause upheaval. When the scepter was held out, things were in motion. When we have audience with God, we know that things will happen. He says, "Just tell me what you want…" Come away from prayer knowing God heard. What better thing to approach God for than for souls? People need to wake up to God and their lack of spiritual life. A significant part of our prayer life should be for souls. We can continue to ask God to draw souls to himself and know he’ll do his part. We can ask God to continue to extend mercy to souls. Seek God for clemency for sinners.
Prayer is a vital part of God’s work. You can pray for everything and everyone. We can seek God for help with our interactions with those we work with. "Confess your faults one to another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." ~ James 5:16. The "effectual fervent prayer" makes the difference. We want to be effective. It takes more than fervency. It needs to be fervency coming from the Spirit of God that cries out for the ones around us. We want faith to be at work so that we’ll believe and receive for what we ask.