Lord, teach us to pray! - (Luke 11:1)

 

To cry to the Lord in prayer is something that should come naturally to every truly born-again child of God! God expects each of His children, those who really know Him, to touch Him personally and make direct contact with Him, not just through somebody else's prayers or faith. Therefore each of us must learn to individually make personal, intimate contact with the Lord through prayer, the Heavenly link between us and Heaven.

Even though our "Heavenly Father knoweth what things we have need of before we ask Him" (MAT.6:8), He likes us to confess that we alone can't solve all of our problems and that we need His help. Then, of course, He likes to answer because He likes us to appreciate His help and to love Him for it--like a Father!

That's the way parents often feel with small children --we like to answer their questions and solve their problems and give them answers.--If they'll ask! But a lot of times they just try to struggle through on their own. He really likes for us to ask Him for His help, as this is what shows our faith in Him and His Word, divine guidance and parental love.

The Lord loves to give us the answers to our problems, questions and troubles. He knows exactly what to do and how to do it, and simply wants us to ask Him instead of going to all the trouble of trying to figure everything out ourselves. He says, "Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Mt.7:7,8)

All the answers are so simple for the Lord and all we have to do is ask and He promised we'd receive. If we really seek the answer, we find it! So don't ever think you have to try to figure all your problems and decisions out yourself. Get down in prayer and get God's answers! He says, "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not." (Jer.33:3)

So, when you really need help, tell it to Jesus! "Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee! Cast all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you!" (Psa.55:22; 1Pe.5:7) Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and My burden is light" --but there's one condition to it; you must come to the Lord in prayer and faith, and ask Him for the answers.

And this is what prayer is all about ! It is not a religious ritual, but a living relationship. Like that dear little song says:

 


"What a Friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins & griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry,

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit!

Oh, what needless pain we bear!

All because we do not carry,

Everything to God in prayer."

 

The Lord's shoulders are broad enough to carry any load--all the burdens put together! So it's really important for you to learn to pray and commit your burdens, trials and needs to Him!

 

HEARING FROM HEAVEN!

 

With most people prayer is a one-way conversation where they do all the talking. You'll get a lot further listening to the Lord instead of talking so much that you don't even have a chance to hear what He has to say. Prayer is not just getting down on your knees and speaking your piece, but it's letting God speak His too! This is why each of us is supposed to know the Lord personally and be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can personally seek the Lord and find the answers for ourselves that we each need for our own individual cases!

You should hear from God every day ! It doesn't have to be out loud, it doesn't have to be with an audible voice. It can just be in that "still small voice" that you feel inside of you, sometimes not even words, just an impression that you have. His Spirit is like a broadcasting station, you just have to learn how to tune in! If you've got an open channel and tune in, the Lord will fill you. You just have to have faith. Jesus speaks any time, anywhere, if you believe!

Expect God to answer! Just open up your heart and let the sunshine in! He'll answer!

QUIET TIME!
If you are always hurrying and rushing around, you'll never be able to focus your full attention on the Lord for the solutions to the problems. Unless you get quiet and try to seek the Lord, how are you ever going to get anything from the Lord? He says, "Be still, and know that I am God. In quietness and confidence shall your strength be!" (Psa.46:10; Isa.30:15)

Every great man of God since Moses had to retreat alone tohis mountain for awhile in order to have time to meditate, pray and commune with God. My Lord, if Jesus Himself had to do it, how much more we need to do it! Jesus had to get up at the break of day before His disciples got up and walk out across the hills or up in the mountain to get alone with God and get His orders for the day from His Father! (Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12)

So, start the day off right, hear from the Lord ! You need it, or things just won't go as they should. If you neglect your fellowship with the King of kings because you're so busy with the affairs of the Kingdom, it can be disastrous to your spiritual life and communion with the Lord! You cannot do the Master's work without the Master's power and guidance!-- And to get it, you must spend time with the Master!

We all need more quiet time with the Lord in rest and refilling, drinking of the Living Water of His Word and fellowshipping with Him in the Communion of Prayer and the sweet love-making of the Spirit. It just totally renews you and completely refreshes you and gives you new vision, fresh inspiration, new strength, rest and peace and joy! For "they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, & not be weary; & they shall walk, & not faint!" (Isa.40:31)

IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM!

 

Although we should spend some quiet time with the Lord every day, Jesus also told us that we should pray all the time, all day long and that in everything we do we ought to be "looking unto Jesus." (Heb.12:2) "Men ought always to pray and not to faint !" (Luke 18:1) He also says, "Pray without ceasing!" (1Th.5:17) and "Watch & pray!" (Mat.26:41) He knows that we need to and it's one way the Lord has of keeping us close to Him and in His presence continually.

Prayer is something you should be doing all the time, no matter what else you're doing. It's like thinking on your feet! Just breathing the Holy Spirit all the time, being in constant communication with the Lord. You can't wait until you're through doing this or that, and then pray. He says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him & He shall direct thy paths!" (Pro.3:5,6)--One of the most wonderful verses in the Bible to really hang on to, especially when making decisions. We don't have to know all the answers, we don't have to lean on our own ideas or wisdom, we just have to lean on the Lord and His leadings!

Some of the biggest mistakes that Christians ever make are through following their natural reasoning and common sense , when the Lord has something entirely different in mind which is contrary to natural expectation and can only be revealed by His Spirit! Many's the time in the Bible where men made decisions on their own by their own natural reasoning and it turned out to be exactly the wrong decision because they hadn't sought the Lord or been led of the Spirit. Jesus said, "Without Me, ye can do nothing!" (John 15:5) The most important thing in our lives is Jesus and to stay close to Him ! , to let Him lead and guide us. He's the One Who has got to lead us because only He can! Without Him we don't know where we are going or how to get there or anything! But He knows exactly where and how! He knows where to go and the best way to get there!

He says, "You shall hear a voice behind you saying, This is the way, walk ye in it!" (Isa.30:21). Seek Him about everything and He will never fail you or let you down!

DESPERATE PRAYER POWER!

 

The Lord wants us to be happy, and thanks to Him, we usually are. But there should be times when you really seek the Lord for a needed change, pouring out your heart to the Lord. He says, "Ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart!" (Jer.29:13) Of course all our prayers are sincere and we mean them, but we also need to really get in serious prayer about situations that arise. A lot of people have sort of a lazy attitude and seem to think that the Lord will just do it all no matter what.--But the truth of the matter is, a lot depends on us! God does depend on your will and your actions and what you want and how you pray!

Although God can do anything, He has committed Himself to work through you, and your prayers can do mighty things! He turns the wheels of His omnipotence on little tiny keys like our faith and our prayers! Often He's just waiting on us to command the situation. God even says, "Command ye Me!" (Isa.45:11) He's given such faith and power to man that you can even command God to do what you want Him to do! You can even change God's mind through prayer ! Once when the Lord was determined to destroy the children of Israel, Moses prayed so hard that God's Word says it repented the Lord of what He was going to do to them. Because of Moses' prayers, God changed His mind. (Num.14:11-20) Of course God's overall plan has never changed, His overall Will has never changed, but in certain details you can change His mind!--Otherwise, if prayer can't change anything, you might as well forget it!

So, the next time you really need His help and are on the spot, turn around and put God on the spot ! Call on the Lord and through Him you can have power over everything! Jesus never fails!--He always answers when we stir ourselves to call upon Him with a whole heart.

Remember: "One can chase a thousand, but two can put ten thousand to flight." (Deut.32:30), and it helps greatly to have someone else pray with you sometimes, especially during times of trial. "Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them." (Mat.18:20) There is great power in united prayer! So never be ashamed to ask for help or prayer from someone else when you need it. "... pray one for another, that ye may be healed." (Jam.5:16)

One last, but certainly not least, reminder is about praying in the name of Jesus: All through the New Testament the Lord tells us how important it is to pray in the Name of Jesus, to ask things in the Name of Jesus, to use the Name of Jesus and its power in prayer. Jesus is the One we have to approach God through. "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1Tim.2:5) People need to realise the power of the Name of Jesus!--For without that Name, there is no power!


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