22 November 2008

How Long can you Hold your Breath?

How much emphasis do you put on Prayer? Is it your desire to pray to a holy God? Or do you say 'I don't really know and don't really see the importance of it". My brothers and sisters prayer is our every day breath. This is how we communicate to our sovereign God. We must stop holding our breath when it comes to the matter of Prayer.
Ask yourself: How long can you hold your breath? 5 seconds, 30 seconds, maybe 2 minutes. The Bible says we must continue, never ceasing, always praying. Prayer is of the utmost importance. If you are not praying, you are not living. John Piper says " if you do not love to pray, you do not love God". Our souls and the souls of others depend on this one privilege that the Lord has given through His Son's finishing work on the Cross. The veil is torn we must enter in. Here are 5 Truths to Help Us when it comes to the Matter of Prayer. Before we begin listen to what John Bunyan wrote about the significance of prayer for the believer "Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God hath promised, or according to the Word, for the good of the church, with submission, in faith, to the will of God."

1. We are always praying to a God who is __LORD_ over _All_.
He is a God who is Sovereign
(Ps 139:1-5), (Ps 94:11), (Matt 9:4), (Heb 4:13)

2. We are always praying to a God who is __Always_with us.
He is a God who Sees
(Heb 13:5-6) (Ps 143:1), (Isa 41:10), (Luke 22:31-32)

3. We are praying to a God who is ___Full_ of _Grace______.
He is a God who Saves
(Rom 3:24-26), (Rom 5:17), (Matt 7:7)

4. We are always praying to God who is _Concerned_ for His __Children__.
He is a God who Shepherds
(Ps 119:105) (Job 10:4) (Rom5:5-6)

5. We are always praying to a God who hears us ___Through___ His __Son___.
He is a God who Sanctifies
(John 14:13-14), Eph 2:18), (Heb 10:19)

“Lord, I don’t want to just learn more about the importance of prayer. I pray that Your Spirit might change me, that I might become more and more genuinely a man of prayer. Amen.” A.W. Tozer. The Bible says “I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.” (Ps 116:1-2)

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