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The Vital Importance of Prayer

By Church of God Evangelistic Association
February 15, 2014

I’ve included some reflections and thoughts on Prayer from others that perfectly capture the vital importance of our prayer relationship with our Heavenly Father. How very easy it is to drift into a state of mind where we relegate the precious privilege of Prayer to a secondary or non-existent practice in our lives. You must never allow that drifting to ever take place in your prayer life Brethren! You must determine to fight each day with all your spiritual strength and gain new victories on the battlefield of Prayer. Press forward and make today the first day of the rest of your life! Develop new habits and spend more time than ever before in that secret, quiet place of Prayerful Fellowship with your Heavenly Father! With God all things are possible. He does answer prayer!

From the heart of Elisabeth Elliot

We “need Him every hour.” If we aim to be consistent in the way we live and walk, we cannot settle for a hit-or-miss nod in God’s direction. There is no way to live the Christian life without strong effort, faithful commitment, and spiritual disciplines.

The primary obstacle I face is myself – my laziness, preoccupations, worries, lack of concentration. I must deal with these in the strength of the Lord. But I am responsible to do what I am meant to do. He will help me, but He will not physically move me to the quiet place or to my knees.

Married or single, mothers or not, we must arrange to be quiet, alone, consistently, before God. We must arrange this. We can. “The Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed” (Isaiah 50:7 KJV).

The daily quiet time is an offering up to God of one’s praise and all that the day may hold. To start my quiet time, I use an ancient hymn, the Te Deum. This begins the day with praise, not with my own petty little lists of what I want.

Then I read the Word, asking the Holy Spirit to apply it to my heart and life.

I sing and memorize psalms and hymns. I seek to make myself, my hopes and fears, the whole of my life (circumstances, duties, work, sorrows and joys, my body) a daily offering and sacrifice, full of thanksgiving.

Throughout the day, I offer up prayer, keeping lists of people and things to pray for. I pray that God will teach me to pray. I use the Lord’s Prayer and the prayers of the Epistles to help me pray. There are no legitimate excuses for skipping prayer – prayer can be made, as Brother Lawrence learned, even while scrubbing pots in a kitchen in the monastery.

The older I get, the more I am aware of my desperate need of Christ Himself. I want to listen and learn and glorify Him.

The Priority of a Devotional Life

Psalm 27:4

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after.

Andrew Murray

The more I think of and pray about the state of religion in this country, and all over the world, the deeper my conviction becomes that the low state of the spiritual life of Christians is due to the fact that they do not realize that the aim and object of conversion is to bring the soul even here on earth to a daily fellowship with the Father in heaven.

When once this truth has been accepted, the believer will perceive how indispensable it is to the spiritual life of a Christian to take time each day with God’s Word, and in prayer to wait upon God for His presence and love to be revealed.

Jude 20-21

20) “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most Holy Faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
21) Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

I Thessalonians 5:16-17

16) Rejoice evermore,
17) Pray without ceasing.

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