What Is Prayer ? (continued)
■ PRAYER IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE FOR A SINNER TO COME INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE ALMIGHTY & HOLY GOD, AND COMMUNICATE & FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM.
■ PRAYER IS A MINISTRY THAT WE ALL ARE TO PARTICIPATE IN; PRAYER IS DOING GOD’S WORK.
"If you have so much business to attend to that you have no time to pray, depend upon it, you have more business on hand than God ever intended you should have." - D.L. Moody
God’s Word shows that our prayers touch God’s heart, and He will respond and work in others’ lives when we call upon Him and intercede for others.
■ PRAYER IS GOD'S WAY FOR HIS CHILDREN TO ASK HIM FOR THE THINGS THEY NEED & DESIRE, AND TO SEE & EXPERIENCE HIS GOODNESS, MERCY, GRACE, FAITHFULNESS,....
- "TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD." — PSALM 34:8
■ CLOSE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD AND PRAYER IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING GOD'S POWER: (POWER FOR YOUR LIFE, AND POWER FOR CHANGING THE PEOPLE & THE WORLD AROUND YOU)
It is not the act of prayer itself that is the key to unlocking God’s power. Many people and churches perform the act of prayer, but yet they are dead. When you have a close and right fellowship with God you will then have a powerful prayer life. Focus and concentrate on your fellowship with God first.
- “THE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN IS POWERFUL & EFFECTIVE." - JAMES 5:16b
“Anyone who takes the time to enter into an intimate love relationship with God can see God do extraordinary things through his or her life.” - Experiencing God
“The closer you get to God, the greater the impact you will have on others’ lives. - Top Gun
“To be little with God is to be little for God.” - E.M. Bounds
■ SPENDING TIME WITH GOD/PRAYER IS WHERE THE SPIRITUAL BATTLES ARE FOUGHT AND WON ; GOD'S VICTORIES AND BLESSINGS ARE WON IN YOUR PRAYER TIME WITH GOD.
- EPHES. 6:10-18 - 2 CORINTHIANS 2:14 - PROV. 21:30,31 - PSALM 33:10,11
“O LORD, GOD OF OUR FATHERS, ARE YOU NOT THE GOD WHO IS IN HEAVEN ? YOU RULE OVER ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE NATIONS. POWER AND MIGHT ARE IN YOUR HAND, AND NO ONE CAN WITHSTAND YOU.” ...” FOR WE HAVE NO POWER TO FACE THIS VAST ENEMY THAT IS ATTACKING US. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT OUR EYES ARE UPON YOU.”... “THIS IS WHAT THE LORD SAYS TO YOU: “DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED BECAUSE OF THIS VAST ENEMY, FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT GOD’S.” — 2 CHRONICLES 20:6, 12
“The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” — Jonathan Edwards
PRAYER IS POWER