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Pray Yourself Ready!

By Church of God Evangelistic Association
February 1, 2014

The Apostle Paul wrote in the Book of Timothy, that in the last days perilous times would come! The world would be in chaos as men pursued the desires of their own hearts. Many people, even Christians, would be deceived by the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life as the world, the flesh, and the devil along with his army of deceptive spirits would cause many to be deceived and fall away!

All around the world there are dramatic signs that Bible Prophecy is being fulfilled. The turmoil in the Middle East, earthquakes, famine, war and pestilence are on the rise and along with a moral breakdown in society there is an epidemic of religious deception everywhere! All of these signs and many more point to the time Jesus prophesied about in Matthew 24, preceding His return to set up His Kingdom.

Jesus is calling true believers everywhere to be watching and preparing themselves for His return, so they will not be unprepared and ashamed at His coming! Prayer helps to keep you prepared and strong in the Lord at all times. It is the glue that hold the armor on in your daily battles with the world, the flesh, and Satan the devil. Ephesians 6:18

God our Father is always exhorting and encouraging us to make Prayer a primary pursuit in our lives! He delights in the time we spend in His presence in Prayerful communion. He desires to fill our emptiness and loneliness and to strengthen us for obedient living. The more we cultivate our Prayer life, the more our fundamental attitudes and character will change.

From our intimate communion through Prayer will come peace and joy in the Lord! Through daily times of Prayer we will surely develop the strength to change and overcome. When we develop an attitude of fervency and diligence in our approach to Prayer all the power we need will flow through us and we will live a Christian life that is pleasing in His sight because of our worship and obedience.

If we could but spend a fraction of the time Praying about our concerns about problems that we do worrying about them, talking about them or trying to fix them ourselves, we would see a whole lot more results. Take a moment to meditate upon the following words from a great Old Hymn:

“O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in Prayer!”

Think about how you can make Prayer a greater part of your life – then make specific plans to do it! Pray for yourself and other Christian brothers and sisters with the following thoughts; put them in your Prayer Journal to help you in your praying.

Guard your heart
Make and keep it pure. Guard my motives, my attitudes, my values, and my responses to the circumstances of life. Protect me from the schemes and attacks of the Evil One.

Fill me with Your love
Help me to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Make me compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others around me. Help me to give of myself to meet the needs of others, without expecting anything in return.

Fill me with Your Spirit
May I be emptied of myself and filled with Jesus. May my life be lived in the realm of the supernatural. Anoint my life and ministry with supernatural power.

Clothe me in humility
May I be broken – poor in spirit – toward You and toward all others. May I esteem all others as better than myself. May I not seek to impress others, but only to please You.

Make me a servant
Help me to serve You with gladness; to render each act of service as unto Christ; to joyously accept ever “menial” or “unfulfilling” responsibilities. Help me to serve heartily, happily, humbly.

Guard my tongue
“Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
May I speak only words that are true, words that help and heal, words that are wise and kind. Proverbs 31:26

Give me wisdom and discernment
Help me to see all of life from Your point of view. May my life be ruled by the wisdom of Your Word. Give me the “wisdom that is from above…pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

Give me a grateful spirit, a thankful heart
Help me to give thanks in everything. Help me to acknowledge and express the benefits and blessings that I have received from You and others. Protect me from a discontented heart and a murmuring tongue.

Help me to walk by faith and not by sight
May my life show the world how great, how good, and how powerful You are. May I be willing to step out in faith when I cannot see the outcome, and may my life not be explainable in human terms.

Teach me the fear of the Lord
Help me to practice the conscious, constant awareness that You see, hear, and know all. Help me to live my life in light of the final judgment and as one who will give account to You.

Philippians 4:6-7
6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension,
shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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