Ad Extra: Prayer, The Last Resort…

Posted: May 8, 2014 in Ad Extra
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This past week’s message—Prayer, The Last Resort: When Praying is, “All We Can Do” was a message focused upon prayer, as a primary response of the believer in any given circumstance. The title was slightly misleading, because prayer is not the last resort. However, followers of Christ at times fail to go before the throne of grace seeking, knocking, and asking God for help in our times of need.Pray Without Ceasing

When reading your Bible it is obvious that the prayer of God’s children is paramount. Over 4,000 times the word ‘Pray’, or words linked to prayer are used in the Scriptures, in part demonstrating the importance of prayer. Praying is often presented as something that needs to be done constantly. Praying is not presented in the biblical witness as a means of manipulating God, but it is God’s gift to us for his purposes. In the words of Kevin Dickey, the much-quoted veterinary-theologian, “Prayer is God’s gift for the believer, it isn’t so much for God.”

An introductory point for the sermon last Sunday, which I did not add because of time, was about the various Scriptures regarding the manner, focus, and aims of prayer. Here is the skeletal structure of the extra point:

  • Prayer is directed to God, Matthew 6:9-13
  • Prayer helps keep us in the love of God, Jude 20
  • Praying for our brothers in sin will lead to God given life, 1 John 5:16
  • Prayer has great power as it is working, James 5:16
  • Prayerful supplication brings peace as we rest in God, Philippians 4:6, 7
  • We pray because of God’s surpassing grace upon our brothers in Christ, 2 Corinthians 9:14
  • God blesses others through the prayer of many and grants help to those who we pray for, 2 Corinthians 1:1

Prayer is something we devote ourselves to biblically. The Bible teaches that we are to pray for strength (Luke 21:36), healing (James 5:16), deliverance (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2), with endurance (Ephesians 6:18), understanding and wisdom (Colossians 1:9),  with repentance for forgiveness (Acts 8:22), open doors (Colossians 4:3), so that others may be saved (Romans 10:1), that our love abound (Philippians 1:9), to proclaim Christ clearly (Ephesians 6:18-20), to be kept from evil and temptation (Matthew 6:9-13), that our faith may not fail (Luke 22:32), and so much more…

Get into your Word and see in what manner God would have us pray

1 Thessalonians 5:1–18, “Rejoice always, “”pray without ceasing, “”give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 

 

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