We have arrived!
I hope sharing some of the semantics of prayer and Bible reading has encouraged you over the past two weeks. If you want to read this series from the beginning, (click here).
We are now going to move to the meat….. So let’s feast and grow in the ways of prayer and watch our world change before our very eyes!
Do you want real information and instruction about praying powerful prayers? First we must understand why we need to pray. We are going to explore the why of praying.
If God is in control of everything, why should I pray? After all He is going to do what He wants to do anyway, right?I wonder if you have ever asked yourself this question.
The more I teach Bible study and workshops, the more I have come to realize that believers don’t understand why their prayers matter. If believers don’t understand why their prayers are essential to God’s purposes, they don’t pray with conviction and persistence.
Conviction and persistence are the key words we will look at in the next few posts.
The answer is apparent in the very beginning of the Bible, Genesis. Get out your Bible right now and underline this passage. God is about to make it very real to you!
Genesis 1:26-28 (New International Version)
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
From the very beginning of the human race the Lord elevated mankind to be His caretaker. We are His stewards of this planet and everything on it. We are his representative here and He expects us to act in His behalf. (Also see psalm 8:3-8)
Now we know Adam messed it up and Jesus came to earth to set the mess straight. It is through Jesus we are the current caretakers of matters here on earth. God made us to be His link to authority and activity on earth. That is why prayer is necessary. God chose, from the time of creation to work on earth through humans, not independent of them.
The LORD purposely limits himself in order that He may work though us. Why? Because of His love for us and desire to be in a relationship with us. How could we know Him without praying and watching Him intercede in our lives?
This is proven time and again in scriptures. The first thing that comes to my mind is Elijah. First Kings 18 tells the story of Elijah and how he prays seven times and rain falls on the drought stricken land.
So whose idea was it to send the rain? It wasn’t Elijah. So why did God need him to pray?
James 5:17-18 (New International Version)
17Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
God chooses to work though mankind. This just boggles my mind to think we share this amazing responsibility and adventure. This is the why of it. God works through our prayers to accomplish His purposes on this planet.
This leads to the next obvious question. Is it true then God can and does work independently of us? Absolutely, however, in His amazing wisdom - to draw us closer - He chooses to include us in His work on planet earth. How fantastic is that!!! My head can explode thinking about this.
When you understand that you are a vital player in the plan, you are filled with conviction and purpose in your words. You are also filled with persistence.
Last week I asked you several questions. Who is one of the best pray-ers you know. What great answers you left by the way. The great prayers of God’s Kingdom are those who pray with persistence.
So why is persistent fundamentally important? Well next Friday I have a story for you. It is about 5,756 days! This is exactly why. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Assignment: Take these scriptures (1 Kings 18 and James 5:17-18) to the Lord this week and ask Him to make them real in your life. Then ask Him about your place in His plans. Ask Him to show you why you are praying and to give you persistence.
I want to leave you with a final thought for the day: Satan does not care that you are reading this blog. He doesn’t care that you go to church or attend Bible conferences and seminars. He is not bothered you read the Bible.
However, Satan is wild with fear when you pray!
Oh, I have so much to tell you in the weeks ahead. Stick with me. We have a wonderful journey still waiting. Be Blessed, Lynn