COMMITMENT TO A MORE CONSISTENT AND CONSCIENTIOUS PRAYER
LIFE, NEW TESTAMENT STYLE!
If prayer is indeed the backbone of our fellowship with the Savior, if
it is the power behind any ministry we do in the Name of the Lord Jesus,
then it is imperative that we get serious about it!
This year, what could be a better resolution than to a committment
to greatly enhance that most necessary discipline in our lives?
With God's help, this coming year we will be more consistent and
conscientious in our prayer life.
Some basic definitions to help us focus and think clearly on this all
important subject so as to make great progress in 2003
Prayer - talking
to God and listening to God in silence
which signifies reliance on God
Consistent - (making a) regular
Committment - an obligation, a
Conscientious - done with
Restated then in an expanded form, our
Year's Resolution for 2003 is simply this:
hereby, solemnly do pledge that I will, in the new year (more
than ever before in my life), pray
on a regular basis daily as well as at times of specific need giving
careful attention (exercising faith and obedience) with the
New testament prescription for prayer as my model!
12 helpful observations on Prayer (mode, method
and motivation) as modeled in the New Testament which we will put into
practice this New Year with God's grace:
(the New Testament believers following the Apostolic Teaching) viewed
prayer as a pleasure and privilege by which they communed with their
Heavenly Father and not just as a duty. Acts 16 : 25, Philippians
1 : 4
prayed at set times as well as spontaneously. Acts 3 :1, Acts
6 :4, Rom 12:12
They prayed in faith (full confidence and belief that God will answer
their requests. James 5 : 15, Ephesians 3 : 12
motivation for that faith was Love. Gal 5 : 6 b
interceded for one another's needs. Rom 1 : 9, Ephesians 6 :
priorities in requests to God in prayer were for spiritual growth
for believers (themselves included no doubt) and for salvation
of the unsaved. Philippians 1 : 9, Colossians 1 : 9, Romans
10 : 1
realized that obedience to His commands was a condition to being
heard. 1 Peter 3 : 7, 1 Peter 3 : 12, 1 John 3 : 22
prayed privately and corporately. Ephesians 1 : 16 Acts 1 :
14 Acts 1 : 24James 5 : 14
prayed for everything! Philippians 4 : 6
prayed in the Spirit. 1 Cor 14 : 15 Jude 1 : 20
They knew that their Lord instructed them to never give up but to
keep on praying. Luke 18 : 1, Matthew 7 : 7-11
They prayed with thanksgiving along with their petitions. Phillipians
"Be careful for nothing; but in every
thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known unto God."
the Lord fill you with expectant faith that He will fulfill His Perfect
and Prosperous Will for you and yours this coming year!
a r a n a t h a !