We Are Called to Pray for One Another

James 5:13-16 – 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

From time-to-time – I feel compelled (obligated – duty-bound) to call us to pray for our church – for our pastor – for our leaders – for one another – not only in our local church – but also – to pray for our denomination. According to Scripture:

1 Peter 5:8-9 – 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith.

The devil is out there and wants nothing more than to devour the church – the people of God! Part of standing firm is to stay in prayer together. How’s your prayer life?

We should pray that the devil not be given even a foothold in our lives and in the church. Scripture says;

Ephesians 4:25-28 – 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

I urge all of our readers to pray for the following and more as the Spirit leads:

  1. Pray for your pastor(s) and leaders to stand firm in their faith with Jesus.
  2. Pray for a spirit of harmony in your local church – it is not necessary for us to always agree – we can even see some things differently – but we must be in harmony with the Word of God and with the essential purposes of the church. In order to reach the unchurched – the church needs to present a harmonious tune in the Spirit! No one will want to join a church that is making terrible noise (we aren’t as a whole but could go there if we don’t stand firm in our faith).
  3. Pray against a spirit of bickering (internal strife). The battle is not against each other folks – it is against powers and principalities of evil. We should not shoot our own wounded – but rather – we should love each other in spite of our shortcomings. Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  4. Pray against a spirit of pickiness. Some have been in negative mode for such a long season – it seems almost natural to look at what is wrong rather than what is right with the church or pastor. We should not let issues go unaddressed for sure but should handle them in love and not in attack mode!
  5. Pray for the next few months (until February 2019 for example) – pray for the life of your church. The next few months will determine the course of our church in future years. As we discern a plan for the future and into the day-to-day life of the church – we should pray that we will be open to where God leads us. Pray also that the church will follow God’s lead.
  6. Pray for the church’s daily devotion to Christ!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

 

Comment at Ray’s blog: https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/we-are-called-to-pray-for-one-another/

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Five Marks of Effective Prayer

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We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all

“Love is as strong as death … It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it” (Song of Solomon 7:6-7). We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). We can never earn Your love: “If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned” (Song of Solomon 8:7). Your love is always Your gift to us. May Your love burn, in our hearts, “like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame” – a fire that burns up our dross, a refining fire that purifies us, a flame that burns for Your glory.

Comment: https://learningfromgodsword.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/we-thank-you-lord-that-your-love-is-the-greatest-love-of-all/

What Makes Prayer So Difficult and Why We Keep at It

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Why Your Church Members Don’t Pray Much

Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer in the United States. My evidence is anecdotal, but it seems to me that most church members don’t pray much, despite efforts like the Day of Prayer. In general, they talk about prayer much more than they actually pray. Here’s why that happens:

  1. Some are not genuine believers. Jesus Himself had one fake among His group, and we’re not likely to do better. We shouldn’t be surprised when non-believers among us don’t really know how to pray.
  2. No one has ever taught them to pray. We’ve told them to pray, but we’ve not taught them how to pray. Consequently, they don’t pray—and they often feel guilty because they don’t–and can’t–do what we’ve told them to do.

Read the rest: http://chucklawless.com/2018/05/why-your-church-members-dont-pray-much/

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Pray Without Ceasing: What Does it Mean?

What does it mean to ‘pray without ceasing’? Is that even possible? Many Believers have asked this question, perplexed at the command- because that is what it is, a command. We know that we are to obey God in all things, so how can we possibly ‘pray without ceasing’?

I think that we can all agree that it is impossible to physically pray without ceasing. By physical I mean lifting your voice to the LORD in prayer, raising your hands to Him, getting down on your knees to pray- you get the picture. There is no way that we can physically do it because then we would never get anything done. You cannot attend a lecture and concentrate on what the lecturer is saying if you’re too busy praying, you would not be able to have a conversation with your spouse if you were deep in prayer, neither would you be able to attend parent meetings if all of your time was devoted to prayer. These are just a few things you wouldn’t be able to do- I’m sure that you could think of a hundred more other things, but you get the picture, right?

However, the words ‘without ceasing’ may not mean what you think. The Greek word for ‘without ceasing’ is adialeiptos. It doesn’t mean non-stop like we may assume, but it actually means ‘constantly recurring’. This changes things, doesn’t it? Instead of trying to pray constantly, all the time and all day, what we can do is interrupt our moments with intervals of recurring prayer. Perhaps this idea of recurring prayer still confuses you, so I’ll break it down even further.

Continue: https://godinterest.com/2018/04/26/pray-without-ceasing-what-does-it-mean/