As we go about our daily lives, experiences from relationships, the environment, influences, and other events will sometimes prove that life can be predictably unpredictable. One moment it seems as though everyone is skipping around on a proverbial cloud in 7th heaven, then the next, someone winds up standing in the muck and mire of what you call madness. Have you found yourself asking, where is God and is anybody praying? When I’ve heard those questions, most of the time it was from the lips of unbelievers. I’ve heard it from some who profess their faith in Jesus Christ, but tend to be perpetual “babes” of the scriptures.
When I became a Christian, prayer and attending prayer gatherings became the life blood of my existence. I need to know the mind and heart of God, what He wants, thinks and feels about His creation. I search the scriptures, keep myself planted in a ministry of sound teaching, and abide in the presence of God through prayer as often as possible. The present economy has contributed to many Christians living beneath the identity and covenant declared in the Word of God. Yet it saddens my heart to know that the least attended gatherings in the church are for evangelism and corporate prayer.
I am reminded of a movie I watched with my grandchildren called “Madagascar.” There was a group of penguins, not the main characters, who captured a great portion of my attention and laughter. Whenever there was a possibility of them getting unwanted attention, the penguin leader would tell the others “Smile and wave boys, just smile and wave.” This instruction and adherence to it was their “rule of non-engagement.” It makes me wonder if many in the Body of Christ are just “smiling and waving” at Jesus. Are they not giving themselves to studying the scriptures and prayer? Are they neglecting the necessary engagement to learn, know, understand and mature in the things of God?
When I wrote my first book “Pray What God Says,” the intention was to encourage and provoke the reader to develop a greater relationship with God through prayer. The effect of communion and fellowship with Him yields the manifestation of spiritual growth and blessing in every facet of your life. The benefit of prayer is the evidence that God truly honors what is promised in His Word.
It is important to know the Word of God for effective and effectual prayer. And His Word declares who He is, what He does, who we are, and what we can have. Our greatest access to God, kingdom living, and the assistance of the Holy Spirit is through prayer. A question has been raised on various Internet social mediums and it is “Where has the power in the church gone?” I think the critics of the church fail to recognize that there is a true distinction between the godly and ungodly. It is more so when they are jaded by the human failure of a few men and women of God, who become candidates for stoning by the media and public opinion. I always pray that the people of God who have fallen step back into the redeeming grace and sure mercies of God quickly.
The benefit of Internet technology has enabled me to obtain statistics on visits to my website. One variable allows me to see what people were searching for that led them to the site. A greater percentage of the visitors want to know how to pray. If adverse circumstances are the major provocation, I am glad that seeking God through prayer is perceived as the remedy and solution. And it is!
When the church (individually and corporately) prays effective and effectual prayers, the result is power and demonstration exemplified in Joel 2:26-32: And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
There are revivals going on now throughout the earth. Lives are being changed, healed and delivered everyday by the power of God. Although I might not see prayer attendance as great as it should be, God is using a remnant of men and women who are dedicated to His Word to Pray without ceasing. –1Thessalonians 5:17.
“Talk to God with Affirmations of Faith,” is a resource for those who want to start or develop their communication and relationship with God. The scripturally-based affirmations contained in this book will fortify the truth of God in your heart relative to any circumstance that occurs in your life. When you study the scriptures, it is in the language of Kingdom because we are Kingdom people.
Deuteronomy 14:2 — For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
1Peter 2:8-10 New Living Translation (NLT)– And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
Titus 2:14 (NLT)– He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
Living in kingdom privilege and kingdom access demands that you: Speak the Language of Kingdom and Shift from Victim to Victorious. When you do, prepare to enter into God's tangible presence where your heart will readily commit to His love, power, peace and blessings.