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Growing n the Grace of God (Part3)-Prayer
by Fenny West
8/25/2007 / Prayers
Growing in Prayer
No one can graduate from growing in prayer. You and I must grow from one level of prayer to another; one degree to another degree.
'pray continually;'(1Thess 5:17)
Are you acquainted with the different kinds of prayer and when they are most appropriate? How often do you operate in the different kinds of prayer modes? Is the prayer of intercession familiar to you? What of the prayer of agreement? Is binding and losing in prayer strange to you? What of praying in the spirit? What of praying the word and pleading your case before God, holding on to Him like Jacob and paying, " I will not leave You until You bless me." Does that sound arrogant to you?
' And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.' (Acts 4:31)
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints( Ephe6:12-18)
It is time to step up your prayer to another gear. The times we live in are evil. Let's pierce the darkness with the light of prayer, persistent and importunate prayer that will not take 'No' for an answer. God is waiting for us, longing for us to come. Prayer is not just asking or begging for things from God; it includes thanksgiving and worship as we shall see in our latter studies.
Jesus -the Son of God, woke up early to pray; He communed with His Father. And if He had to in order to fulfil His ministry, we have no choice. Paul agonised in prayer for the churches and for those he led to Christ. Little wonder he fulfilled his ministry and wrote 13 best seller of all time.
It's time to pray and grow in prayer.
Let us pray:
Lord, teach me, not just how to pray, but teach me to pray continually, passionately. Teach me to pray your word, pray in faith, intercede for others, pray anywhere at anytime, in unity with other or alone in my closet. You said in your word: ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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