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 DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER

Part II

  The Discipline of Prayer speaks to our mind, body and soul. But it is our personal responsibility to seek after His guidance, as we put His Word into action.

 “You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light of God’s favor shall shine upon your ways.”

 Therefore, as we face our everyday doubts, fears, and challenging circumstances . . .  the Bible reassures us that our prayer life is a vital life line for directions, restoration, and deliverances.

The key purpose of this tool is found in the power and effectiveness of a faithful prayer lifestyle.

 Our God makes a precious promise about the power and effectiveness of praying His Word!

 The Lord says: “I have heard your prayer and I have seen your tears” Isaiah 38:5.

 This should be encouraging to everyone who has experienced His precious love, grace, and mercy. God assures us that when we pray His Word and declare it as truth in our lives; He will do what we’re asking Him to do. Maybe, not like we would want, but, according to His divine will!

 Moreover, the Lord is inviting His people to live a praying life while the Holy Spirit is preparing us to receive revelation of God’s purpose by inspiration and impartation.

 But there are conditions for an effective prayer life:

 We must learn through faith . . . “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” Hebrews 11:6.

Because without faith it is impossible to please God. Remember Enoch, he showed us the importance of real faith; real faith must have an object and the proper object of real (genuine) faith is God!

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13.

Likewise, we must learn to pray according to God’s divine will!

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” 1 John 5:14.

The Bible also tells us to pray with a pure heart.

If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But God did listen. He paid attention to my prayer” Psalms 66:18-19.

The Key is: Confession leads to restoration! Our prayer life must maintain a forgiving Spirit!

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

We must learn to pray in the spirit.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” Ephesians 6:18.

We must always pray in truth (complete sincerity), we’re speaking of Godly integrity.

“The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth” Psalm 145:18.

Above all, according to 1 Peter 3:7

“Husbands in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers”.

 As you reflect on this Discipline always remember:

 “For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, (believe, trust, and be confident) that it is granted to you and you will get it”!!!!

The Lord is inviting His people to live a praying life!

 Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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