I believe most Christians often pray to be delivered from disasters and hardship but pray less often for endurance to survive them. We trust God that it shall be His will that we may avoid and not have to endure misfortune. When was the last time you prayed to be made what you should be? Strong and unwavering, in the very presence of difficult circumstances! Have you prayed to be filled with faith to walk right through them, as often as they continue, fully confident that you are protected by the Lord without any fear of hurt or harm to your body and soul?
For forty days and nights, Jesus endured temptation, starvation and thirst in the presence of his and our adversary Satan in the wilderness. This was no small accomplishment it was a special trial, not a trial by fire, but a trial by the Keeper of the Fires of Hell. His human form was being severely tested and weakened by a lack of food and rest, but Jesus did not waver. He fought the evil one with the Word and encouraged himself in the Father. He did not ask for an escape route, but continuously prayed to the Father for strength and endurance.
The list of things to pray for is long: Love, peace, forgiveness, righteousness, deliverance, fellowship, sufficiency, fulfillment and the list goes on. However, the list is short and perplexing when we are asked how are we to pray? Every believer has his and her own very personal way of communicating with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Jesus gave two powerful examples of how we “ought to pray” in the Lord’s Prayer and his Prayer For The Disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, John 17.
How are we to pray? We pray to God the Father, Jesus Our Christ and we pray with the Holy Ghost. We pray to God the Father as the Sovereign Ruler of heaven and earth, Creator and Master of the universe and all of creation. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you talk to him during your prayer time as the loving and caring Redeemer he is. We pray with the Holy Ghost, as a partner, to make intercession for us according to the will of God. The organized church and its many denominations offer an unlimited number of prayers and ways to pray for any occasion, from the sublime to the superficial.
“For everyone that asks receives” (Matthew 5:45). Prayer is asking, making your petiton-request known to the Father and Son. This does not mean you will not receive if you do not ask, but until you get to the point of humility and submission that you are willing to ask you will not receive the blessed heavenly treasures of God. To ask of God with the honest expectation of receiving something fom God mean you are in what Sociologists refer to as a “provider-recipient” relationship, except this time it is with God. Then you will have a spirit-driven understanding that the things you receive come from God through Jesus Christ.
Jesus instructed his disciple to pray like he prayed; I asked of the Father in His name and you are to ask of the Father in My name “And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). Although he [Jesus] would not physically abide with his disciples, he would ask the Father to provide a powerful substitute, the Holy Ghost—the Comforter—the Spirit of God. From beginning to end Jesus provided for their spiritual and physical welfare, as well as, yours and mine. Jesus would be absent in the body, but always present in the Spirit.
Prayer reminds us we are not self-sufficient. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26). Jesus used prayer to receive power from on high, it is the gateway, the ticket and the price of admission into the very presence of God. Prayer is how we acknowledge the presence of the Spirit of God in our lives. We pray for comfort in the midst of our sorrows and strength in the midst of the storms of life.
Jesus said the Holy Ghost would bring all things to remembrance. The believer is reminded to pray with purpose and passion and not as a religious ritual or habit. When we pray in this way, it is a blessed assurance to know life may have moments of loneliness, but we will never be alone. Jesus taught prayer as a tool and weapon, to be used often and skillfully, if humanity is to survive and fulfill its spiritual destiny and not sacrificed on the altar of despair in a spiritless wilderness.
Lord teach us to pray like Daniel did, sitting among the lions, and when he was taken up out of the den, “No manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.” Pray because you believe in God with a sincere heart and a humble spirit. Pray asking the Holy Ghost to open the eyes of your heart and enlighten your understanding that “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” We pray that Jesus will come, as he said he would. Come Lord Jesus, come!
“Blessing and honor and glory, and power be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever” (Revelation 5:13).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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