PRAISE AND POWER                                PRAYER A PART OF LIFE                               October 15, 2019

Prayer should not be a religious ritual but a way of life which involves practicing the presence of God. Some people memorize "prayers." Some read a prepared "prayer." 

Matthew 6 sets out some boundaries for our prayer life. "Take heed that ye do not alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew.6:1) It's not to be done for the recognition of other men. Prayer is between you and God.

Our prayer time is a sweet time with God when we pour out our hearts to Him alone. "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet [innermost heart] and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew. 6:6) God listens to prayer from our innermost hearts. We can share anything with God because He cares and wants us to come to Him. Rewards come to those who pray to God from the heart. 

Ephesians 2:18: "For through Him we both [Jew and Gentile] have access by one Spirit [the gift of holy spirit] unto the Father." We have access to our Heavenly Father. He wants us to come to Him with all of our requests. God is always present, waiting for us to fellowship with Him.

Matthew 6:7 reads: "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." It doesn't say "don't ask", just "don't use vain repetitions." It's not how long you pray, but do you believe when you pray? "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when you pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24) 

We are specifically reminded of the two types of prayer in I Corinthians 14:15b: "I will pray with the spirit [by way of the gift of holy spirit], and I will pray with the understanding also:…" Both types of prayer are necessary as we walk with God. We can pray both ways. When we pray with our understanding it involves our mind. Praying with the spirit is praying by way of the manifestation of speaking in tongues. It is also a means to pray for one another, even when we don't “know all the facts.” Romans. 8:26, 27 reads: "Likewise the Spirit [gift of holy spirit received from God] also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what to pray for as we ought: but the Spirit [same as above] itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered [inexpressible groanings]. And he [God] that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit [same as above], because he [it, the spirit from God in manifestation by speaking in tongues] maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." 

Prayer is one means of continually helping people. We need to make up our minds to pray and to persevere in prayer. "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;…" (Colossians 4:2) In Philippians 4:6 we read: "Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication [prayer request] with thanksgiving let your requests [petitions] be made known to God." We can stay thankful and continue the habit of prayer. We apply ourselves to it. It takes commitment to develop our prayer life and God's Word tells us to "Pray without ceasing." (I Thessalonians 5:17) 

How wonderful it is to pray with our understanding from the heart and pray with the spirit. Let’s talk things over with our Heavenly Father. Make time for prayer. Jesus did. What better example could we have! Let’s keep prayer as an important part of our Life.

*******************************************************************************************************************************“PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton.  Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life.  You may contact us: PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email:  101519



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