Faith and Prayer (don't start your day without it)
Along with our faith in God, prayer is one of the important essentials in our Christian walk. Jesus commanded us to pray always as did the apostle Paul telling us to pray without ceasing. Anyone reading the Old as well as the New Testament can clearly see that prayer, along with our faith, is one of the key fundamentals for an effective relationship with our Maker. And it's through faith and prayer that we can partner with God and change not only our own lives, but the lives of others as well. On the other hand, our lacking of faith and prayer can have an negative effect.
Glorifying God through Prayer and Worship
We can see this to be true when the disciples asked Jesus why they themselves could not cast the devil out of a man’s son. For Jesus said: “Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." (Matthew 17:20-21) So we can see that the disciples could not cast the devil out because of their lacking in faith and prayer. Thankfully, they had Jesus came to their rescue to cast the devil out of the man's son.
Jesus also said: The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest (Luke 10:2) Wow, did you just grasp that? Jesus is telling us to ask God to send people out to share the Gospel. Does this mean if we don't pray for others, that there would be no one saved; and if there was no one praying for us in the past, would we still be in our unbelief? Only God Himself really knows that answer, but just look out in the harvest fields (the world), there are so many people who need to be harvested into God's Kingdom and we need to intervene for them. So let's make our life and our homes a place of worship and a Place of Prayer
So having said all that, I encourage you to go through the bible and read for yourselves some of the prayers of God’s Saints such as Salomon, Daniel, Hannah, Abraham’s servant, and Nehemiah to name a few. All these changed lives and the course of history through prayer and their faith. And let us not forget about our Savior Jesus Himself: Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Hebrews 5:7-9) Wow, Jesus through prayer was victories and became our Savior. So if Jesus needed to pray, how much more do we. "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."(John 17:20-21)
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Our faith in God should be more than just an outward religions act. For it is to be a heart felt relationship between us and the true and living God. And through this relationship we can change lives through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit. So let's encourage one another in prayer and worship and draw near to God, for if we do, He will draw near to us.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)
It is time that we take God out of our little theological box and allow him to show us who He really is. For so long we relegated Him to our own set of rules and regulations, creating Him to our own image instead of allowing Him to mold and shape us to His true image. So let's not lean on our own understanding of things but trust Him with our whole heart and allow His Holy Spirit to direct us in the way we should go. And we can accomplish this by setting our sights alway on Him in whatever we think, say and do. So let's ask God to show us those areas that we need to change and to help us to break away from the Christian stereo types which is built more on the doctrines and traditions of man (or even of demons) than on God's truth.