Contend earnestly through prayer – Part 1
‘Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.’ – Romans 8:26-27
In his book, ‘With Christ in the School of Prayer’, Andrew Murray writes: ‘None can teach like Jesus. Therefore we call on Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ A pupil needs a teacher who knows his work, who
has the gift of teaching, who in patience and love will descend to the pupil’s needs. Blessed be God! Jesus is all this and much more. Jesus loves to teach us how to pray.’
If you: (a) are not sure God is really listening when you talk to Him; (b) don’t understand why some prayers seem to go unanswered; (c) wonder if you are praying ‘right’ or generally feel frustrated in prayer; (d) are eager to know what to do to feel more connected with God and gain confidence that your prayers really do make a difference, say, ‘Lord, teach me to pray.’
Although there are principles of prayer that apply to everyone, God will lead each of us individually. He wants to lead you just the way you are, and help you discover your own rhythm of prayer; to develop a style of prayer that maximizes your relationship with Him. He wants prayer to be an easy, natural, life-giving way of communicating as you share your heart with Him and allow Him to share His heart with you. Prayer is so simple; it’s nothing more than talking to God and taking time to listen to what He has to say to you. God has a personalized prayer plan for you, a way for you to communicate most effectively with Him. So begin by saying, ‘Lord, teach me to pray.’
Lord, teach me to pray. Help me in my frustration and doubt. Teach me to flow with Your Spirit in communication and union. Help me to be sensitive to Your leading and calling me to prayer. As I commit to make time for prayer, let our fellowship be sweet. I want to be connected to You. Maximize my relationship with You through our fellowship together. Let me have times of encouragement and strengthen my soul. Help me to not get distracted but to place a top priority in our relationship. I seek Your face Lord, not just Your hand to provide for me. I want to know You more. I want to be taken to the very Throne Room of Heaven in our time together. I know that one moment in Your presence can move mountains. Thank You for hearing me and teaching me to have closer communion with You. Bless our time together and use it for good. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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