Over the last several months the Lord has brought to me to understand in a greater way certain truths in His Word and those truths I’ve come to use as part of this Prayer Blog. Below are some of them that I have entitled, “God notes from a Prayer Blog”
Everlasting Love – God’s love cannot be manufactured by anyone or any other thing. It comes from the heart of our Creator. It’s genuine. It’s real, having great value and cannot be pretended. It’s honest and open. And God’s love is unexplainable and it cannot be shaken. God said, “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” (Jeremiah 31:3 NLT) God has called you His people. God is our Creator. Believe it. And He will love you forever. And His love is unfailing. You can’t be disappointed in His love. It’s not an earthly love, but an eternal and everlasting love.
It’s God’s steps and not ours – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23 KJV) I’m looking specifically at the word, “steps”. One single word. God revealed something into my mind earlier this past week that this word is very important and intentional. “Steps” Notice that it is the plural of “step”. There are many times that we want the solution to a problem or the answer to a prayer to come right away. We live in a world of instant gratification, or it seems that way. We all are way too busy to slow down and sometimes we want things fast and even want things NOW! Forgive us Lord when we expect the answer to a prayer to come even before we stop praying. But if we look at the word, “steps”, the word itself reveals that there is a process. The word “steps” is defined as “to advance by moving both feet in succession, one after the other.” The word implies movement either forward or backward. Movement. This is where God caught my attention. God orders our steps because there is somewhere He wants us to go. He desires us to walk with Him. God has placed or ordered those steps to finally reveal at the end of that path, something He has for us. The book of Hebrews says it this way, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV) The reward or goal? Spending eternity with Jesus Christ. If all it took was for us to complete one step to attain the prize that God has for us, why would we need any divine intervention.
Power of Prayer – “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4 NKKJV) Being a prayer warrior is tough. Warrior would indicate that we are in a fight. Not just a simple fight, but rather we face a battle each and every day. And this scripture talks about the kind of battle. It’s a “mighty” battle. One in which we need the power of God to pull down the strongholds that come before us while we are fighting. Spiritual strongholds of the enemy. Our weapon in the war is prayer, the proclamation of the powerful Word of God which drives away to powers of the enemy. We face spiritual battles daily as the enemy wants to separate us from the love and defending power of our Lord. But don’t be discouraged. The battle belongs to the Lord. It is by His Power that we are able to stand against the enemy’s work and keep on keepin’ on. Being a prayer warrior is hard work, but the rewards are far greater than the fight.
Just simply believe – Prayer embraces God for who He is. Prayer is conversation with God and connects us with His mighty Power. Prayer says to God that we know we are powerless and we need His power to get through whatever we are facing. And God’s power is released through our faith. “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23 NKJV) When we face something whether it be a need, a situation, a struggle, or anything we feel powerless against, we need to go to God in prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV) The promise in this scripture? Did you get it? We receive a free gift; the peace of God which cannot be explained and is greater than our understanding…And it will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Guard against what? Fear, anxiety, worry, doubt, and all the rest of the stuff that the enemy wants us to believe. So the more we pray, the more of God’s peace we will receive. Hallelujah!!!
Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV – Thank You, Lord. “Short and sweet.” But more accurate is “Short but so powerful.” This verse really packs a punch. What is the definition of prayer? Well it’s fellowship and relationship with God through Jesus Christ, expressed in love, thanksgiving, and intercession through which believers can draw near or nearer to God and learn more for His will for their lives. That’s a lot of words. Too many to memorize if you’re inclined to do. Simply put it’s two way conversation with God through Jesus Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit with the sole purpose of developing a relationship. Prayer is based on God’s love for His children. Through His grace, God gives to us things which we do not deserve, while through His mercy He shields us from those things which we do deserve. Praying without ceasing is having an attitude by which a constant relationship between God and us is developed. Always wanting to be in His presence. It’s focusing every thought and action toward honoring God. As prayerful believers we are to continue praying earnestly and this requires patience and determination. Jesus taught His disciples to persist in prayer. “Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:6-8 NKJV)
Power in the name of Jesus – “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:14 NKJV) God’s name is synonymous with His person, His presence and His power, and is therefore held in the highest honor. The apostle Peter said to the man at the temple gate, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6) Peter then reached down and took the man by the hand and lifted him up. Peter was bestowed power in the name of Jesus. It was not Peter’s own power, but the power of Jesus. The person of Jesus is a name above all other names. This was bestowed upon Jesus for His obedience to death on the cross for us. God highly exalted Him. There is no other like Jesus. No other Name by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) The right of Jesus Christ to speak and act on his Father’s behalf in forgiving sin, pronouncing judgment and promising eternal life to those who believe in him. Jesus’ authority underlines His divine status. The presence and power of Jesus that has authority over nature (Mark 4:39), authority over sin (Luke 5:18-26), authority over sickness (Matthew 20:31-34), authority over evil (Luke 10:17), and even authority over death. (Matthew 28:1-7)
Trust in the Lord – “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:10 NKJV) What an incredible and comforting promise in God’s Word. By this Scripture, we know that we serve a faithful and loving God in whom we can place our trust and that He will not turn away from us when we seek Him. God has impressed upon me how faithful He is, how we can trust Him, and that God’s Word is the truth and He will accomplish that which He promises. And we need to believe. This Scripture verse tells us what we as believers should do because God will not fail. What else do we need to know?
Your prayers can be Three Little Words – “And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:28-30 NKJV) He simply said, “Lord, save me!” “Three little words.” I’ve heard those words used before. Not long and drawn out prayers, but three simple words that carried the same impact as a detailed and purposeful prayer. “Lord, save me!” or “Jesus, save me!” or “Lord, help me!” I’m reminded of my dad as he was being hung by his kidnappers in the woods in Florida when he cried out to God, “Jesus, save me!” And just the other day, when I felt the world crashing down around me. I was sinking fast in a whirlpool of emotion and pressure. I felt I couldn’t even stand any longer under the incredible weight of where I was. And I just prayed, “Lord, help me!” I think, as humans, we tend to make this more complicated than we should. There’s room for purposeful prayers that we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in. Like prayers for others, prayers for our families, prayers for our nation, and so forth. These kinds of prayers also carry incredible power when we are connected to Jesus in them. But in those times, when all we see is our Savior and all we know is that He is faithful, those “Three Little Words” will cause Heaven to rise up, will cause Almighty God to move, will cause the Power and the Presence of the Holy Spirit to gather us up and rescue us. I know of another set of “Three Little Words” that also carry incredible power. Those words are “I Love You!” And you know what? That is exactly what Jesus says to us when we pray in humbleness, brokenness, and with Jesus on our minds. When we pray as Peter prayed, “Lord, save me!” Jesus responds with “I Love You!”
Friend, thank you for reading this long blog post. I wanted to share with you some of the “God notes” I received while writing. Praise God!!! Prayer is a powerful weapon against the enemy. Prayer is a form of worship to God. And prayer leads us into a closer relationship with God.
Don’t believe me, believe God!