Got a few minutes free. Think I'll try to encourage you a bit.
It's never bad to be reminded of truth that we've already been told. Can I ponder out loud for a few minutes?
Thinking about prayer...yup, enough to pause and go at it. Don't always do that, but I should let the Spirit cause my shoe leather to be directed. Mr. Torey from Great Britain has always stimulated me in this regard. He was surely a man of prayer and was led by the Spirit. Feel so grateful for him and of course for the Lord Himself who is our primary Example in the area of prayer.
I purpose to do this stuff some more.....more than before, the Lord being my Helper. And He will help you as well. Hey, I'm not an expert by any means in this area—wanna do it more though. This nation is basically far beyond what mere words and deeds of mortals can fix.
So what am I thinking? Well… I'm thinkin' that prayerfully reading in the Bible will indeed stir us up in prayer. That's on my mind first. Wanna pray the Word and remind God of what He has said.. as if He needs that. But He does like that.
I'm musing about this Bible "time investment" daily...it's so rad-important for us all. And it will actually stir us up in prayers that changes the world, cuz world-changing is so on God's heart. Yes, people around this globe are so very much on the Lord's heart. He wants to save them and He wants us to partner with Him in this..starting with prayers of faith. So let's study the Word of God today and let those powerful Words in God's Book abide in our minds, cuz triumphant prayer and subsequently the authentic revival.. are spawned when we allow His eternal truth to take hold in our hearts.
When we see how in happened in the book of Acts, it'll make us wanna pray for a spiritual awakening as well. What God has done before, He can do again. Real revival and awakening are equally easy for Him to grant us.. if we will but take some time to worship Jesus.
"We are too busy to pray, and so we (the Church) are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results." ~ R.A. Torey
I'm thinking about the early church today. They prayed together and separately like they meant it, cuz they really did. People mattered enough to do the main work for their benefit. They prayed regularly, biblically, and customarily (according to the already established set times of prayer).
They prayed instinctively (it was their natural response—the first thing they would do when facing new issues), and they prayed fervently (it was heartfelt, it was to the point, it was simple instead of religious, it was very earnest with godly zeal and passion).
They didn't quit early when the Spirit was saying.. Go! The Bible says, "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren."
"We sometimes fear to bring our troubles to God, because they must seem small to Him who sitteth on the circle of the earth. But if they are large enough to vex and endanger our welfare, they are large enough to touch His heart of love." ~ R.A. Torey
There is no concern too small to pray about so the early church prayed about everything. They depended upon the Lord, not on committees, high-tech (duh, can you even find any) or on their flesh.
Do we pray about everything today? Are we looking to God to meet all or only some of our needs, believers? Do we quickly get bored down on our faces calling out to God? Do we still fast and pray? A couple reliable friends of mine told me yesterday that.. 60% of Americans claim that they pray every single day. Who are they praying to? I hope it is to the God of the Bible cuz the address on those prayers is so important. My friends also said that Western Christians pray for 8 minutes per day on average, and that Western Christian leaders pray for 12 minutes per day.
Man, I say we all add some minutes in there, and add some heart in this wonderful discipline as well. Have we not been beat up enough with weird laws and wrong statues forced upon us from our twisted leaders. Questions for self first: Have we not been awakened to the reality of our times yet.. have we not been enough to give this prayer thing with Jesus some more time? Will we wait for more full-on persecution and deaths to happen here before we invest more minutes?
I say we pray for the lost and for the saved, for strange and balanced leaders.. and for the followers, for those in our Land and for those in another Land, for the rich, the poor and all those in-between. I say we pause, get away, and pray to the Father in Jesus Name today. I say.. if we can, let us do this now.
"The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory." ~ R.A. Torey
What else do I say? I say we war not against flesh and blood around us today, but by the Spirit for the Kingdom's sake. This world has enough people fighting in the flesh huh.
"Oh, men and women, pray through; pray through! Do not just begin to pray and pray a little while and throw up your hands and quit; but pray and pray and pray until God bends the heavens and comes down." ~ R.A. Torey
"All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer. Prayer can do anything that God can do, and as God can do everything, prayer is omnipotent." ~ R.A. Torey
Pray without ceasing today. I agree with Mr. Torey, let's pray thoroughly until God's will is done on earth, 'til we get an answer from Him and there is peace within, yes, 'til the unregenerate currently loving their own and other's sins ..are completely changed from the inside out.. yep, turned around to Christ, redirected, and hating all sin just like God does and are loving other sinners greatly as He does. Yes, 'til they are walking closely with the Lord in righteousness, holy fear, and love, and spiritual maturity...and until we ourselves are doing that as well, going the distance with Him as Lord of every area.
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