Prayer’s Exclamation Point

All the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Prayer is a response to promises, that is, to the assurances of God’s future grace.

Prayer is drawing on the account where God has deposited all his promises of future grace.

Prayer is not hoping in the dark that there might be a God of good intentions out there. Prayer goes to the bank every day and draws on promises for the future grace needed for that day.

Don’t miss the connection between the two halves of this great verse. Notice the “that is why”: “All the promises of God are Yes in Christ. That is why (therefore) we pray Amen through him, to God’s glory” (my translation).

To make sure we see it, let’s turn the two halves around: When we pray, we say Amen to God through Christ, because God has said Amen to all his promises in Christ. Prayer is the confident plea for God to make good on his promises of future grace for Christ’s sake. Prayer links our faith in future grace with the foundation of it all, Jesus Christ.

Which leads to the final point: “Amen” is a full and precious word in times of prayer. It doesn’t mean primarily, “Yes, I have now said all this prayer.” It means primarily, “Yes, God has made all these promises.”

Amen means, “Yes, Lord, you can do it.” It means, “Yes, Lord, you are powerful. Yes, Lord, you are wise. Yes, Lord, you are merciful. Yes, Lord, all future grace comes from you and has been confirmed in Christ.”

“Amen” is an exclamation point of hope after a prayer for help.

Seven Steps to Strengthen Prayer

http://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/297279-seven-steps-strengthen-prayer-bonnie-mckernan-desiring-god.html

Prayers thoughts from Scotty Smith

selected from recent readings in my devotional time:

Father, keep on rescuing me from all wrong thinking about you. Keep showing me how little I really see you and understand about the greatness of your love for us in Jesus.

I choose the rest of your love rather than stew in my regrets. I have great confidence and hope and your commitment to make all things new.

By your Spirit, Father, continue to reveal it to me how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ–– the only love that surpasses knowledge. Ephesians 3:18– 19

You will never lead us into hard places where you are not present.

It is obvious to me now, that the whole Christian life is about coming to Jesus. We need Jesus today as much as the first day we he entered our lives. In fact we will never exhaust our need for what Jesus alone can give.

Jesus, we come to you right now — we come bring it in our emptiness to the fountain of your fullness.

Father, I am not asking to soar like an eagle, as fun as that might be, and I am not seeking to run like a sprinter or a marathoner. Just walking upright with a renewed heart, a steady gait, and replenished energy will be enough.

Right now I look to you for all the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical strength I will need to live out the implications of the gospel just today.

Intercession Of The Spirit

By Greg Holt

Adrian Rogers

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”(Romans 8:26).

Do you know what prayer is? Prayer is like a vehicle that delivers our thoughts to God. But sometimes, our burdens seem too heavy to send. Have you ever felt like you had a four ton problem and a two ton truck and didn’t know how to pray for that problem?

Throughout our lives, there are going to be problems that we will not know how to solve. And we won’t even know how to ask God to solve them. It is during these times, that the Spirit will pray for us with sighs too deep for words.

Comment at: https://inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com/2016/11/08/intercession-of-the-spirit/

5 Reasons we must pray daily

“Prayer is a shield to the soul.”

– John Bunyan

SPIRITUAL WARFARE

The Apostle Paul probably dealt with spiritual attacks every day and perhaps this is why he wrote, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” because “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:10-11), so by all means, be “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).

Read more: https://www.christianquotes.info/images/5-reasons-we-must-pray-daily/#ixzz4aHdYyPHH

The devil and your prayers

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A prayer for gospel Pharisees and Scribes

And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with the file hands?

And he said to them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, this people honors me with their lips, but there’re heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines and the commandments of men. You leave the Commandments of God and hold the tradition of men. Mark 7. 5 – 8

Jesus these are strong words. What could be more tragic than to hear you say, you talk about me a whole lot, using plenty of spiritual language and biblical quotes. You are quick to recognize and correct faults teaching.  You’re even zealous to apply what you know to others. But your heart is very far from me?

It would be one thing you’re such a review came to us because we were acting like Mosaic Pharisees and scribes – distorting and misapplying Old Testament law; putting people under the yoke of performance–based spirituality; replacing your Commandments with our traditions. But it is an altogether different thing to be a gospel Pharisee and scribe.

Forgive us, Jesus, when me love exposing faults gospels more than we love spending time with you in prayer and fellowship.

Forgive us when we are quick to tell people what obedience is not but failed to demonstrate what the obedience of faith and love actually is.

Forgive us when we call ourselves recovering Pharisees or recovering legalists when in actuality, were not really recovering from anything.

Forgive us when we talk more about “getting” the gospel then how we have been “gotten” by the gospel.

Forgive us for being just as arrogant about grace theology as we were obnoxious about legalistic theology.

Forgive us when we don’t use our freedom to serve one another in love, but rather use it to put our consciences to sleep.

Forgive us what our love for the gospel does not translate into a love for holiness, world evangelism, and caring for widows and orphans.

Forgive us for having a PhD in the indicatives of the gospel yet feeling so miserably when it comes to the imperatives of the gospel.

Forgive us when we love the gospel more than we actually love you, Jesus, as impossible as that may seem.

~ Scotty Smith