Pray For One Hour

I ran across something someone gave me many years ago.  It is a plan on how to pray for one hour each day.  It is simple.  Most people say they cannot pray for one hour each day.  Time is always a big excuse for people.  Yet, it is important to Jesus.  Look at His words in Matthew 26:40-41, “And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

So, over the next few days I would like to address how to pray for one hour each day.  Far too many people don’t want to spend one hour each day in prayer.  Prayer is vital to our daily life and we seem to just dismiss it as a waste of time.  You will not be sorry if you learn to pray for one hour and time will not pass you by either.

So, how are you doing?

Faint in Prayer

I wish I could say this is original with me; but, I cannot.  It was given to me many years ago.  I cannot even remember who gave it to me; but, I am glad they did.  If I remember correctly I was given a statistic that the average pastor spends fifteen (15) minutes per day in prayer.

As I was thinking about this again it dawned on me that this might be a huge contributing factor to the decline in our nation.  No, I am not writing this to slam pastors and preachers.  I am writing this to open our eyes to a real problem in Christianity.

Why don’t we pray?  Some feel like there is no reason to pray because God knows all and they don’t “feel” like their prayers will make a difference.  Wrong!  Prayer works!  It is one of the mightiest avenues we have to effect the fallen world we live in for now.

We allow anything and everything to get in the way.  Then we do not think prayer is important.  It was important to Jesus.  He commands us to pray.  Look at His words in Luke 18:1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

Are you fervent in prayer?  Are you faint in prayer?  Only you and the Heavenly Father know so you might as well be honest.

So, how are you dong?

 

Petition

As we look around and see our country in the current downtrend it is disheartening to say the least.  As I think about things I wonder what I can do.  I think the most important thing that any of us can do is pray.

Far too often we discount prayer because we don’t think that God will really hear us.  We think our cares are too small for our God to be concerned with.  This is a lie from the devil to keep us from praying,

One if the most powerful weapons we have is prayer.  The problem is that we don’t use it.  We shy away from it and this is quite sad.

Prayer is more than asking and receiving,  It is time well spent with our God.  It is time well spent praying for other too.  Look at Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; ”

So, how are you doing?

Prayer

Another way we can prepare for Sunday morning services is to pray.  All too often we allow anything and everything to interrupt our “quiet time”.  It needs to be just that “quiet time”.  I know it is difficult; but, it is not impossible.

As I get older I am beginning to see the truth about this.  I would not want to ascend the pulpit without first having spent quality time and quantity time with the Father.  Why would the LORD Jesus come to Church with me if I never take time for Him?  Think about that for a little while.

We must make prayer a priority in each of our own lives.  We need to rely upon the prayers of God’s people to carry us through.  I am learning this more and more as a Pastor.  If God’s people fail to pray then I will fail.  If I don’t carry through and pray then someone will suffer consequences.

Jesus practiced private prayer.  Look at Matthew 14:23, “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”

Jesus got alone to pray.  We must follow His example.  You and I both know as soon as you or I sit down to read that the door bell will ring or the phone will ring.  Something will happen.  The devil will kick against your time of prayer.  Get ready!

So, how are you doing ?

Why We Don’t Have Revival 2

I want to continue my thoughts today on “Why We Don’t Have Revival”.

Another reason would be that we don’t pray.  I don’t know who said it; but, it is true.  Here it is, “All failures are prayer failures.”  Wow!  So, based upon our topic today if we don’t have revival it is due to a failure to pray for it and it is a failure to pray.

Life is busy, I understand that.  Two of the most important things that we as Christians can do is spend quantity and quality time in prayer.  We must pray.  Look again at our Scripture in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Prayer is a vital thing in the life of someone who knows Christ as their Saviour.  This is the time that we can spend with Him and commune with Him.  If I love my wife I will spend time with her.  It is no different with my LORD.  If I love Him then I will spend time with Him in prayer and reading His Word and listening for Him to speak to me.

So, my dear reader it is simple.  If we are going to have Heaven sent, Holy Spirit revival like our nation, our Churches and we ourselves need we are going to have to spend time on our knees and our faces before Holy God in prayer.  We must pray for forgiveness of our personal sins and our national sins.  God please forgive me/us.

So, how are you doing?

Covered Head to Toe – Your Offensive Weapons

As I related yesterday about the firefighter’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is like the Christian’s armour.  This is a loose comparison I know.

In the same way that a firefighter needs protection so does the soldier of the cross and the soldier on the modern battlefield.  The firefighter uses things like an axe, pike pole and hoses.  So, what does the Christian have that is an offensive weapon?

The first offensive weapon is prayer.  When we pray we attack the gates of hell, defeat the devil conform ourselves to the image of Jesus Christ.  Prayer is an important offensive weapon.  Have you ever tried to seriously pray?  As soon as you do the phone rings or any myriad of things will happen to distract you from prayer.  It is vitally important.  Look at Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

The other offensive weapon is the Word of God.  Look at Ephesians 6:17b, “…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”.  The devil hates God’s Word!  We need to keep our Sword sharp.  We need to memorize the Word of God and we must obey it.  In the Word we find all we need for faith and practice.  The Bible is vitally important.  This is why there are so many “versions” so-called today.  It is an attempt to bring about confusion and to water down the Truth.

When we find ourselves under attack we need to run to the LORD and we need to take up our “Sword” and we need to wield it like a seasoned soldier.  If you are not a seasoned soldier this will be difficult.  We must get more intimately acquainted with the Word.

So, how are you doing?

The Weapon Of Prayer

I am afraid that I am like you, my readers.  When time gets pinched we all seem to want to drop prayer and Bible study.  Why is this?  If I could answer that one I would be a wealthy man.  The fact is that we do seem to think we will make it up.  Just the other day I thought I could just pray in the vehicle as I traveled.  Right…  The traffic was so bad (I should have prayed) that I thought more about the lesser capable drivers on the road than the all sufficient Saviour that I should have been spending time with.  After the trip was over I was deeply convicted of what I had done.  Learn from my mistake.  I took the time to pray and ask for forgiveness.

This weapon we have called prayer is a powerful weapon.  The Scriptures account many times where someone prayed and miraculous things happened.  The problem is that you and I don’t see prayer as a miraculous weapon in our arsenal.  Shame on us all for this.  When we pray we are coming into the throne room of Almighty God and the Holy Spirit of God hand carries our petitions to our Father.  Then our Father answers them personally.  Wow!  If that is not love then I don’t know what love is.

Notice the Apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”  We should always be praying for others and for ourselves.  We can move offensively and defensively against the enemy of our soul in prayer.  We must pray that God puts a hedge of protection around us and our family.  We must pray against the schemes of the devil.  We must utilize the weapon of prayer.

So, how are you doing?

 

One For Another 4

We looked yesterday at the first part of this verse in the third day on the subject of “One For Another”.  Today we will keep going on that very same subject.

As we consider what James is telling us I would like to give you something to think about.  I think it is possible that James is exhorting you and I to keep a short account with God or in other words confess and forsake our sin often in order to know for sure that our prayers can be answered.  The Psalms tell us that if we regard iniquity in our heart that God will not hear us.  The remedy for that is to confess and forsake sin.

So if we confess and forsake our sin there is no hindrance between us and our Heavenly Father.  Now we can pray in faith and know that our prayers have been heard and will be answered.  James goes on to tell us that the “effectual fervent prayer availeth much.”  What he is saying is that our prayers will be effective and have an effect because it has effect or force.  Also, we must be righteous which means we are in a right relationship with our Heavenly Father and we are holy.  Look at James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Hopefully, this puts into perspective for you and I the truth about praying and having our prayers answered.  It is not some name it and claim it kind of teaching.  It is Bible truth.

So, how are you doing?

Response

The other day I had the opportunity to teach Sunday School.  I shared about the storms of life.  I also shared how we should respond to these storms.  So many people do not respond in the right way to storms and that makes for a disaster.

Our response can make or break us.  Most of the time we respond by flying off the handle or shooting from the hip.  I know that there are situations in life that do not allow for time to contemplate a response.  The thing is that we need to pre-program ourselves to respond in a way consistent with the Word of God.  This is easily said; but, sometimes it is not so easily done.  This takes time and effort.  We live in an instant society and things come instantly so we think everything should be this way.

Nehemiah was delivered terrible news; but, responded in a way that you and I need to take note of and put into practice.  Look at Nehemiah 1:3-4, “And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.  And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,”.  This is a lost art in our day.  God help us!

So, how are you doing?