In our last meditation, we talked about the hindrances to an effective prayer life.
Today, I want to share with you ways to enrich your prayer life and enhance your walk with Christ.
- Seek the LORD with all your Heart and Soul.
In Deuteronomy 4:29, Moses assured the people … “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
- Don’t Give Up.
In Genesis 32:22-32, we read of God bringing cunning, scheming Jacob to an end of himself. We read, “This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its’ socket. Then the man said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (24-26)
Are you desperate for God’s blessing? Then don’t give up. Hang on. In Luke 11:9-10, Jesus said, “So I say to you ask, and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” The tense that is used here is like this: ”ask and keep asking; seek, and keep seeking; knock and keep knocking.” You will receive.
- Come Boldly or with Confidence to the LORD.
In Hebrews 4:16 we read, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.”
At this point, Chuck Swindoll writes: “No trial is too great and no temptation too strong but that Jesus Christ can give us the mercy and grace that we need, when we need it.”
- Don’t Limit God with Puny Faith.
Our God is the ultimate Promise Keeper. There is no lack with Him.
The Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 3:20 wrote: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work with us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT)
The writer in Hebrews 11:6 wrote “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”
- In Your Asking, be sure that what you ask for is for the Glory of God.
In Ephesians 3:21, Paul wrote, “Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever, and ever! Amen.”
In 1 Corinthians 10:13 the Apostle wrote, “So whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
- The Prayer that Prevails must be Fervent, Earnest and Passionate.
James (5:16) wrote, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
We are to ask in faith and leave the results to God.
- Remember, Prayer that Prevails is Prompted by the Holy Spirit, our Resident Helper.
In Romans 8:26 we are told, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”
In Philippians 2:13, Paul wrote, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and power to do His will.”
- Praise God for His Faithfulness
In Psalm 147:1, we are admonished “Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.” In verses 2-9, we read “The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our God, and mightily in power; His understanding is infinite. The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.”
My prayer is that each of us will employ these insights that can result in a rich, productive prayer life for the glory of God.
Glory to His name,