“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1.
Christians not only have the privilege of praying to The Almighty God, Who is their Father; but they are commanded to pray to Him. God’s children prosper spiritually just in the degree they obey this most important command.
So many problems and schisms of the Body of Christ could be solved today, if God’s people would give themselves to prayer. How many defeated Christians there are, because of the neglect of prayer!
“He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
“The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers:” 1 Peter 3:12.
Is it not wonderful to think that a way has been provided whereby creatures here on this earth can really communicate with the Creator, who is all powerful and all wise; with the Great God who is a loving and compassionate Father of redeemed sinners, sensitive to all of their needs? The ears of the Reigning God, Who is Willing, Faithful and able, Who has never yet made one mistake, are open unto the praises and petitions of His children.
“Pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16.
“We know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26.
It is recorded of The LORD Jesus, the Son of God, went up into the mountain to pray, and that He continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 9:28, Mark 6:46, and Luke 6:12. Therefore, If the Holy Son of God prayed as He did, how about us? Men ought always to pray and not to faint!
The members the early Church “gave themselves continually to prayer” Acts 6:4.
Christians are told to “pray without out ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:7.
“Pray always” Colossians 1:3 and Ephesians 6:18.
“Continuing instant in prayer” Romans 12:12.
“Give yourself to prayer and fasting” 1 Corinthians 7:5.
“Pray lest ye enter into temptation” Luke 22:46.
“Pray for one another” James 5:16.
“Be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer” 1 Peter 4:7.
“In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”Philippians 4:6.
“Night and day praying” 1 Thessalonians 3:10.
“Evening and morning, and at noon will I pray” Psalm 55:17.
“Supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men” 1 Timothy 2:1.
“The prayer of the upright is His delight.” Proverbs 15:8.
“What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit should we have, if we pray to Him?” Job 21:15.
“All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22.
“THAT YOUR PRAYERS BE NOT HINDERED.” 1 Peter 3:7
“Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Psalm 66:18.
“When ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”Mark 11:25.
“Whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22.
“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us.” I John 5:14.
“If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you.” John 16:23 and John 14:13.
When Stephen was dying he said, “LORD Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts 7:59. But on the authority of the LORD Jesus, prayer should be directed to the Father, in the name of the Son.
May God help us to always be faithful in prayer.
Here are a few examples of answered prayer from the Old Testament Scriptures.
Genesis 20:17 ; Jonah 2:1 ; Numbers 11:2 ; Nehemiah 1:4 ; 1 Samuel 1:27 ; Nehemiah 2:4 ; 2 Kings 6:17 ; Ezra 10:1 ; 2 Kings 19:15 ; Daniel 6:11
May God help us to hear afresh the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as we look all about at the abounding sin and the powerless congregations, torn apart by demonic influence, remember, “This kind goeth not out but by PRAYER and fasting.” Matthew 17:21 and Matthew 9:29.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)