Heavenly Father, thank you that through the power of prayer we have complete access into Your presence by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Give us a fresh revelation of the privilege that we have in prayer to seek You at all times, at all places and all needs. Enable us to make a fresh commitment to seek Your face each day in prayer.Amen
do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
The desire to pray, even for each other, is both the easiest and the hardest spiritual discipline we can engage in. It is the easiest because we have complete and direct access into God the Father’s presence through the Blood of Jesus Christ. If we have received Christ as LORD and SAVIOUR then through the power of the Holy Spirit we have received His righteousness too. It is this truth of Christ in us that enables us to approach God the Father with confidence because when The Father sees us He sees His Son in us; He sees the perfect righteous acts of His Beloved Son living in us and this is what makes us acceptable in His sight. No longer do animals have to be sacrificed in order to provide a temporary covering for our sin and unrighteous acts, Christ the PERFECT sacrifice, our PASSOVER LAMB has died for us, the RIGHTEOUS ONE for the unrighteous, for the very purpose of bringing us close to God. So now that the veil of HOLINESS that stood between God and man has been torn in two through Christ, prayer should be the easiest activity for us to participate in. Easier than walking into a supermarket to buy the provisions we need! We can pray anywhere, at any time and for any need, which is exactly what the Scripture encourages us to do, be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
But it is also the hardest activity because it is totally spiritual in its experience. That is to say that there is no involvement of our natural gifts or abilities when we pray. Prayer does not require us to be eloquent or confident, it does not require us to engage in any great work, even church work, it has no respect for our financial status, and above all else it is invisible; it is completely dependent on FAITH, which is also why it is the most important spiritual discipline we can engage in.
I am sure our enemy Satan is more than happy to see us busy in all manner of activities, even good works, even evangelism, so as long as we are so busy doing them that we make no room or time for prayer. In fact I am sure that he would stand at the side and applaud our busy lives, and cheer us on and give us opportunity to add more activity to our hectic lifestyles. Just as long as we are kept from the prayer closet, from our one to one time with our Father, just so long as we are too tired to attend a prayer meeting and pray one for another, just so long as prayer becomes to us an ideal that we want to live up to but never quite achieve. You see Satan can handle us, he cannot HANDLE CHRIST IN US! Satan is not afraid of the saints doing prayerless good works, but he trembles at prayer soaked, Spirit led works of FAITH that are done in and through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT.
When we pray we are simply acknowledging our need of God, we are in essence confessing our complete dependence on Christ’s intervention in every area of our lives which includes our family, our witness, our businesses, our employment, our ministry and our fellowship. For instance when we are praying for others not yet in the Kingdom we are saying “LORD we cannot save anyone, but YOU have the power both to save and to heal. “When we pray we are saying “LORD help and lead me to be the father, husband, wife, mother, son, daughter, student, employer, employee, friend, pastor, witness, encourager, disciple of Christ that YOU have called me to me!”
Atoms which are perhaps some of the smallest particles of the universe are a great illustration as to the power of prayer. The particles within each atom are at constant variance with each other, held together by an invisible force which constantly prevents those particles from breaking apart. We know only too well the destructive power of splitting an atom. This is why Hebrews 1v3 states that ALL THINGS (even atoms) are HELD TOGETHER by the POWER of CHRIST’S WORD. So even the basic elements of our universe are held together by the invisible power of God, the search for which some unwittingly call the God Particle. By nature we have a propensity to divide and sub divide through conflict and disagreement, but prayer, especially that prayer for each other is that invisible power that holds us together, holds our families together, holds our fellowships together, and even holds our country together!
OUR PRAYER TODAY
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.
2 Thessalonains 3
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.