Bible Ballistics: BBs #215 A Fortnight Of Thanks-Living #5
I thank God for the privilege of prayer. But what is prayer? Many think of prayer as a “heavenly slot machine” —drop in your request, pull the handle, and God “MUST” grant your request! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! Prayer is not a “magic genie” mentality, but prayer is the privilege of intimate conversation with the Holy God of the universe. Not just having a “wish list” that we present to God, but true and intimate conversation to seek out His desires and do them.
And if you don’t already know, conversation is a two-way encounter. We talk to God about our deepest thoughts, desires, troubles and grief. And listen for His direction, comfort, reproof and love to speak to our heart. It is also best when exercised in unison with studying the Word of God, and devotion to and confidence in its author.
“Rejoice in the Lord always:
and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men.
The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing
let your requests
be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts
through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
All prayer must be through Jesus Christ.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me…. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:6 & 13
Jesus is the ONLY way to God–
We must pray in the name of Jesus, and that doesn’t mean just rattling off a “wish-list” and sticking Jesus’ name at the end. It means that I am to pray in agreement with what pleases God, in union with the Holy Spirit of God/Jesus (who is dwelling in every genuine believer), striving for the fulfillment of Jesus’ purpose: “that the Father may be glorified in the Son”! Don’t miss this important fact; all we do is to be done for God’s glory through the Son.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” I Corinthians 15:57-58
Prayer is our being in tune with Jesus, and then through Him God gives us victory in our daily walk and life in this world of trouble and sorrow. And because we are victorious in HIM, we can be “stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”! It’s all about Jesus, not about my flighty and ever-changing lusts of this flesh. And we can only find God and His will through the Spirit of Jesus within us, sought out with prayer and the study of God’s Word. So dear friends—PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. It works, but only God’s way—in, for, through and by Jesus, and to God’s glory!