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WELCOME, PRAYER PARTNERS
 
Let's tackle the subject of  prayer today from a different angle.
I have often been asked, "What is the best time to pray?"
And the easy response of course is,  ALL the Time! Pray without ceasing!
But , acknowledging that we should live in an attitude of openness to communicating with God, constantly aware of his presence,
knowing He hears every word on our lips, still, we need some daily face-time with God, some boldly approach-the-throne time!
And what time is the best time for closet time, alone with God?
The Bible seems to indicate morning!
Psalm 63 Early will I seek you.
Psalm 5  Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for unto You will I pray,
My voice You shall hear in the morning, Oh Lord,
In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up!
Ps. 88 To You I have cried out, Oh Lord, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
When do we find new mercies?  Lam. tells us  Every morning, they are brand new!
Ps. 30 reports that Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes, with the sunrise,  in the morning!
And Jesus had a morning prayer habit!  Mark 1:35
 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went to a solitary place and there He prayed.
The original GK tense  of the verb "prayed", indicates a a continued-continual action. This was not a singular occurrence, this was a regular habit.
When is the best time to pray?
Now, you can show me scriptures that talk about seeking God at morning and at evening.
I know there are scriptures that encourage prayer at morning, noon and night.
 But I think you would agree with me that it is a good idea to start and end your day with God.
If your day starts at night, because of shift work, that is your morning, start your day with God!
Hundreds of years ago, a barber named Peter Berkendorf asked his minister while cutting his hair,
"Dr., how do you pray?"
Pastor Martin Luther told his barber that he would respond in writing, and he did, the next day, with a 40-page letter!
Now, let me share with you the entire...third paragraph of the letter.
"It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business in the morning and the last in the evening.
Guard yourself against such false and deceitful thoughts that keep whispering..."Wait a while... In an hour or so
I will pray... I must first finish this or that." Thinking such thoughts, we get away from prayer into other things that
 will hold us or involve us till the prayer of the day comes to nothing.
Good advice , Pastor Luther!v
Almost every morning, I read the following words and the Holy Spirit uses these two writings to stir my soul...
The first...

Every morning, lean thine arms awhile,
Upon the window sill of Heaven
And gaze upon thy Lord;
And with the vision in thy heart,
Turn strong to meet thy day
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and then the old  poem by  Ralph Cushman...

I met God in the morning
When my day was at its best,
And His Presence came like sunrise
Like a glory in my breast.

All day long the Presence lingered,
All day long He stayed with me,
And we sailed in perfect calmness
O'er a very troubled sea.

Other ships were blown and battered,
Other ships were sore distressed,
But the winds that seemed to drive them
Brought to us a peace and rest.

Then I thought of other mornings,
With a keen remorse of mind,
When I, too, had loosed the moorings
With the Presence left behind.

So I think I know the secret,
Learned from many a troubled way;
You must seek Him in the morning
If you want Him through the day.

Keep on praying, and if morning has not been your habit, you might be surprised the difference it will make in your spiritual life.

 I love the ancient intercessors, I go back to them time and again for deep, devotional inspiration. Hear are a few  centuries-old prayers to start your new year off with.

 “O God, our true life, to know you is life, to serve you is perfect freedom, to enjoy you is a Kingdom, to praise you is the joy and happiness of the soul! I praise and bless and adore you. I give thanks to You for Your great Glory. I humbly beg You to live with me., to reign in me., to make this heart of mine a holy temple, a fit habitation for your divine majesty.”  (AUGUSTINE  4th century)

 

 

 

“Alone with none but Thee, my God,

I journey on my way.

What need I fear, when thou art near

O King of night and day?

More safe am I within thy Hand

Than if an host didst round me stand.  (COLUMBA 6th century)

PRAYER IS NOT!....

...convincing God.

...the believer's gripe session.

...changing God's mind.

...twisting God's arm.

PRAYER IS!...

...the engaging of faith in the revealed will of God.

...the entrance to the Throne Room of mercy and grace.

...the environment to which God restricts His workings.

...the enforcement of God's rule upon a rebellious world.

...the enjoyment of God's tangible presence.

...the enduement of our lives with power.

...the encouragement of mind and spirit with truth.

...the enriching of personality with God's peace and purity.

...the encounter of human weakness with divine strength.

...the encampment of stubborn faith upon the promises of God.

...the enterprise above all others for growing, effective Christians.


Let’s bury, once and for all, the old lie that some are “gifted” or “called” to be intercessors , and others are not. Show me in the Word of God where there is a “gift” of prayer. Show me in the Bible where you can find the “office” of the pray-er. You can’t find it. All God’s children are called, expected, anointed and appointed to pray. We all have the wonderful privilege of praying God’s will on earth, just as it is in Heaven. Our churches are as weak as our prayer lives are pathetic. Our ministries are as strong as our intercession is prophetic. You have not, because you ask not! So,….

ASK IN FAITH!
Ask with anticipation!
Many make a study as to why prayer is not answered. Books have been written on that theme. I have even preached a few messages on that topic. But I would much rather be an expert on why God does answer prayer! God answers faith-filled prayers. God answers persistent prayers. God answers fervent prayer. God answers the prayers of righteous people. God answers prayers of agreement. Find a group of people, or even just one, and agree together in prayer. Keep a prayer journal. Record your miracles. Those who expect nothing in prayer are never disappointed.

EXPECTATION!

Faith is a prerequisite, a Bible-condition for answered prayer. You must believe that God is, and that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly and consistently seek Him, if you want to receive any response from heaven. So let your faith arise. Go ahead, let God’s promises get your hopes up. God rewards expectation. So pray, pray without ceasing, pray in faith and God will answer..

STRONG IN PRAYER!
We are as strong spiritually as we are strong in prayer. We are as effective spiritually as we are effective in prayer. We are as fruitful in our lives as we are dedicated to prayer. We are as productive for Christ as we are committed to prayer.

Prayer is work, a battle , a warfare. Prayer is peace-producing, a joy and delight. Prayer is a struggle, a labor and requires commitment. Prayer releases power, strength and comfort.

Don’t be confused., prayer is all of the above and must consist of all the above. Those who find prayer to be only a battle and a fight are not engaging the victory won by faith. Others who only experience prayer as a joy and delight , have forgotten that we are war with the forces of hell. Fight on! Pray on! Laugh through tears and celebrate the victory that overcomes the world, our FAITH!
Contact us today with your prayer needs. We will believe God together for you and your family.

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