Living in the Atmosphere of Prayer

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When are we going to get it? (When am I going to grasp it?)  When are we are going to realize that in our individual lives, marriages, families, work, and ministries, we are totally missing out on the greatness, power, and work of God if do not become people who breathe and live in the atmosphere of prayer; of throughout the day seeking God’s face (Psalm 27:8)?  Take a moment and let the following truths sink deep into your heart.  Also, please do not let any familiarity with these passages dull its powerful work in your heart!

And he told them a parable to the effect that men ought always to pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1).

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. . . . I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling (1 Timothy 2:1-4, 8).

Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7).

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith (Matthew 21:22).

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24).

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it (John 14:13-14).

Now, put into a sentence what these passages said to you about prayer as you read through them.  Are you living in that blessed atmosphere of prayer?  Can you relate to the following link?  War Room Lukewarm Coffee Scene

May the words of J. Lovell Murray spur us on to a greater life of living a life of prayer communion with our Heavenly Father through the blood of Jesus Christ!

“Our sufficiency is of God.  Difficulties melt in His presence.  In Him are those mighty, overcoming energies, which accomplish the possible and the impossible with equal readiness. . . . The real resources are with Him for the evangelizing and the redeeming of the world.  But He has not been able to do ‘many mighty works’ in the non-Christian lands because of our unbelief as a Church.  We have not possessed our possessions.  God has been waiting to be honored by the faith of a generation that would call upon Him for really large outpourings of His power.”  (Deep Fire, p. 175)

“Prayer opens up the floodgates for God to come down and be involved in our everyday lives.” (Priscilla Shirer)

40 Days of Prayer & Fasting: Day #20

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Prayer Advance!

Recently, I read of an evangelist’s account of ministry that took place in northwestern Romania in 1980 in spite of intense government persecution.  Revival was breaking out in churches of that area and the government couldn’t stop it.  As I read, my heart was deeply challenged by the following:

1.  The believers became burdened for other Romanians who had not heard the Gospel.  They travelled over the mountains to remote areas to reach people for Christ.  When they arrived at these remote churches, they did not preach evangelistic sermons; they simply taught the believers how to pray for their unsaved families, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Can you imagine coming to church for one solid year to hear preaching about prayer and then you really prayed?  Can you imagine not just praying for 10 minutes with weak, silent, going-through-the-motions prayer, but heart-rending prayer for hours?   Makes me think of some pertinent passages of Scripture:

  • Matthew 21:12-13 –   And Jesus entered the templeand drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
  • Acts 12:5 –  Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.
  • 1 Timothy 2:8 – I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.

2.  The evangelist went on to say that a huge difference between preaching in Romania as opposed to America was when the Romanians were taught something from Scripture, they obeyed, and they did it.  In America, it’s just written in a notebook and never done!  I’m guilty.  Are you?  What has God convicted you about in recent days through the reading or preaching of His Word?  Have you just written it down in your notebook or are you doing it?

3.  When the evangelist went back after a year to those churches in Romania where prayer was made without ceasing (Acts 12:5),  they would hold evangelistic meetings and many people would come to Christ!  In one church in a small place called Gallots, the church was packed and people were standing outside in below zero temperatures. Revival had broken out!!

When I read about how these people prayed and shared the Gospel, I said to myself, “That’s advancement!”  Folks, we are twenty days into our 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting.  Let’s keep advancing!! What will be different about how you worship this Sunday?  What will be different about how you sing, pray, testify, observe communion, fellowship, listening, etc.  Will it be prayer advance, sing advance, testify advance, —advancing for Christ!!  As Romans 12:11 says, Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord!!

Reminder:  Our goal for these 40 days of prayer and fasting is that God would so revive and change us that we would both pray and act as the people of God for the glory of God!