“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power” (II-Thessalonians 1:11).
The real business of our Christian life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. Wherever God has placed you in this world, pray immediately and pray often. Pray that His Atonement maybe realized in other lives as it has been in yours. Pray for your friends, families, neighbors and even the people you work with now. Pray for everyone with whom you come in contact now. The world is standing in need of prayer.
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I-Thessalonians 5:16-18). It is not the things we invest the most time in that influence us the most, the greatest element in our lives are the things that exercise the most influence on us. Prayer is time well spent communicating with God, “Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do.” We must be determined to be less selfish and ask for someone else, by name, in Jesus’ name.
A major character flaw we have as Christians is when our prayers seem to be unanswered by God; the tendency to blame someone else raises its ugly head. This is one of Satan’s favorite tools that he uses to deceive the weary soul. There is a reason that your prayer has
not been answered yet, and you will discover that it is usually related to some instruction God has given you that you have not taken action on. The instruction(s) was meant for you and not for anyone else, so you have to follow them. Do not ask God to order your steps if you are not willing to move your feet!
“I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15). The
example Our Lord gave us is not that of a good person, or even a good Christian, but of God Himself. The night before Jesus was crucified He took two of his disciple with him to the garden to pray. In his prayer he spoke directly to the Father saying “I pray for them, I pray not for the world, but for them which thou have given me, for they are thine”
(John 17:9). If God has given you a good husband, wife, children, sister, brother or friend pray for them. This is the example our Lord Jesus Christ gave us, pray for them for they are thine.
Today, wherever there is pain, I pray that God will grant you peace and mercy. Wherever there is self-doubting, I pray that God will renew your faith and fill you with confidence in Him to work through it. Wherever there is restlessness, tiredness or exhaustion, I pray that God will give you patience, understanding and renewed strength. Wherever there is fear, I pray that God will show you love and fill you with courage to walk out on faith and trust Him for all of your needs. This is my prayer for you today, in Jesus’ name Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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