Glorifying God through All We Think, Say and Do
Being Mindful of Our God the Whole Day Through
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.
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 victorious 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)
You have Not, Because you Ask Not
(Excerpt From: Torrey, R.A. “The Power of Prayer.”)
You will find these seven words in James 4:2, the seven closing words of the verse, “Ye have not, because ye ask not.” These seven words contain the secret of the poverty and powerlessness of the average Christian, of the average minister, and of the average church. “Why is it,” many a Christian is asking, “that I make such poor progress in my Christian life? Why do I have so little victory over sin? Why do I win so few souls to Christ? Why do I grow so slowly into the likeness of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?” And God answers in the words of the text: “Neglect of prayer. You have not, because you ask not.”
“Why is it,” many a minister is asking, “that I see so little fruit from my ministry? Why are there so few conversions? Why does my church grow so slowly? Why are the members of my church so little helped by my ministry, and built up so little in Christian knowledge and life?” And again God replies: “Neglect of prayer. You have not, because you ask not.”
“Why is it,” both ministers and churches are asking, “that the church of Jesus Christ is making such slow progress in the world today? Why does it make so little headway against sin, against unbelief, against error in all its forms? Why does it have so little victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil? Why is the average church member living on such a low plane of Christian living? Why does the Lord Jesus Christ get so little honor from the state of the church today?” And, again, God replies: “Neglect of prayer. You have not, because you ask not.”