LET US PRAY
Third and concluding part in this series on prayer
Prayer is the most wonderful act in the spiritual realm, as well as the most mysterious affair. "Men ought always to pray and not to faint". Luke 18:1. Our prayers must be Spirit-taught. It is impossible for us to agonize in prayer, unless we pray in the Spirit (Jude 20). The Lord Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things.
The Holy Spirit will teach us how to pray. "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what to pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Rom 8:28. Yes, the Holy Spirit helps us to pray aright and he leads us into deeper levels of communion with our heavenly Father.
God is in charge of this world; therefore for us to have answers to prayer we must pray His will. "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matt 18:18. Earth must first bind before heaven will bind; earth must first loosen before heaven will loose. God never does anything against His will, what happens is that the Holy Spirit communicates the will of the Father to us and we bind in line with His divine will. This is the only way we can't pray amiss. God has given us the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. (John 14:26). When we walk in the Spirit the Lord waits for us to decree and then He establishes. The most important thing to note is that God is all-powerful, all knowing and the God only wise.
A serious error in prayer is to assume that praying is just for expressing our needs. The bible states clearly in Isaiah 65:24 that before we ask He will answer. Therefore, we know that the main purpose of prayer is not just meeting needs. The real purpose of prayer is to lead us into fellowship with our God and our Maker. In the beginning God made man and the bible reveals that in the cool of the day the Lord talked with man (Gen 3:8). All through the generations God has sort opportunities to bring man back into that fellowship.
Jesus died and opened the door to communion with God. As we pray with the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are in that fellowship. Prayer is fellowship with God." Men ought always to pray" can then be seen as "Men ought always to fellowship with God."
As we spend time in fellowship with the Lord, all the works of the evil one are exposed and we can walk in the Light of God. For he that walks in the light shall fear no evil. For the Light of the Lord shines in darkness and the darkness can not comprehend it (John 1:5). If we walk in the light then there is no darkness in us (I John 1:5-7). The bible says we should be sober, we should watch and pray for the enemy goes about like a roaring lion. If we are in the fellowship of our Lord we can anticipate the devils act and defeat it.
The Lord is our shield and defence. He knows all about the works of the evil one and will expose them to us, if we are in fellowship with Him. If we walk with Him we would walk in the newness of life. Prayer should be offensive and not just defensive let us destroy the works of the enemy in prayer. The devil fears a God fearing Christian that is in constant fellowship with the Lord. If we keep an attitude of prayer and walk in the Spirit we shall destroy the plans of the evil one. WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS IN CHRIST.
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