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 DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER

Part I

“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and morrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Hebrews 4:12. KJV

 As a child of God we must feed our soul/spirit on God’s spiritual Word! His Word teaches us how to apply its nurturing spiritual food to our everyday challenges, hurts, pain, frustration and our thanksgiving for His daily bread. I speak aloud saying, “Lord Jesus You are the Bread of Life, the Life and the Light of men.”

 As you enter into His Gates with Thanksgiving in your heart, you also enter His Courts with praise; you begin to reflect on His goodness, by letting Him know . . . that this is the Day that the Lord has made and you will rejoice and be glad in it. Acknowledging, that He has indeed made you glad. Glad to be in the Fellowship of the family of God. Glad to know that He is      our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 As I have said before, when we come to our Father in Prayer we must believe that He will respond to us faithfully. Whatever the mountain or valley that we face, rest assured that our Father is aware and available.

 JUST ASK!

A  Ask and it will be given to you.

S  Seek and you shall find.

K  Knock and it will be opened unto you.

 This Revelation knowledge comes through Matthews 7:7-11: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” NIV.

 This passage reassurances us that perseverance in prayer brings about manifestation; these are prayers that activate multiple blessings; it also tells us that Jesus is one who knows our every need, therefore, we must understand that God will not grant extravagant desires, but He will allow you to experience the protection, power, and favor of God for you, your loved ones and friends. God’s people are to seek His daily provision and spiritual blessings.

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones” Proverbs 3:5-8. NIV

 Remember, the prayer cycle begins with God. He gives us His Word and His Spirit. He allows events to transpire in our lives so that we can see His Mercy and Grace as we move through our spiritual journey of development. Reflect with thanksgiving on the presence of His Spirit in your discipline of prayer.

 Karl Barth once said: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom . . . But that freedom of Christian living does not come from human spirit. No human capacities or possibilities or striving of any kind can achieve this freedom.

 When it materializes . . .  that man or woman obtains that freedom of becoming a hearer, a responsible, grateful, hopeful person, this is not because of an act of the human spirit, but solely because of the act of the Holy Spirit. Above all, we are experiencing a gift of God.”

 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God”? Psalm 42:1-2 NIV.

 Invite God to direct your thoughts regarding your expectation for your prayer journey and where it might lead you.

 “Lord, release the blessing of heaven and the blessing of the deep into my life” Genesis 49:25 KJV.

 The Lord is abundant in goodness and is anxious to give good gifts to His children. God has laid up His good (blessings) for us. If we know Him and He knows us, all we have to do is ask Him for it.

His blessings are for His Children. Just ASK!

 PRAYER IS THE KEY!

 “Meditation introduces us to the inner life,

Fasting is an accompany means,

Study transforms our minds, but it is the

Discipline of PRAYER that brings us into the

Deepest and Highest work of the human spirit.

Real PRAYER is life creating and life changing.”

Author Unknown

 Reflect on the following scriptures:

 James 1:17

Hebrews 11

Galatian 3:13-14

Genesis 49:22

Deuteronomy 33:11; 13; 20

Numbers 23:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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