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internal power plant

Posted: September 3, 2010 in Prayer

A man went to an atomic power plant to see how they produce power. Do you know what he found out? He found out they don’t produce power at all, all they do is release power that is in those elements. That is exactly like us as christians… you don’t produce any power at all. All you do is release the power of God that is in you… the Holy Spirit. You have a dynamic power plant in you just waiting to be released through the power of the Holy Spirit. How do you tap into that power? Through prayer. We will never know how much artillery we have in our arsenal until we unleash our prayers with power. Spurgeon once said in a sermon, “Bring your prayer as an ancient battering ram against the gate of heaven, and force it open with a sacred violence.” Now that’s praying with power.

hear my cry

Posted: June 26, 2010 in Prayer

The essence of prayer is talking to God as you would to a beloved parent. It is intimate and loving communication. Prayer is not only an intimate privilege; it is also a passion. The passions of the heart will come out in prayers. If we examine what we pray for and find we are praying only for our own needs, problems, questions, and struggles, that is an indication of where our heart is. If we pray infrequently, briefly, and in a shallow manner, we need to do a spiritual inventory to see if the problem is a cold heart. A call to the duty of prayer will not overcome spiritual indifference, because prayer is an internal compulsion born out of a love for and dependence on our heavenly Father. Lack of prayer doesn’t mean merely that we are disobedient; it is also an indicator that our love for God has grown cold.

How do we align our praying with the will of God? By getting to know the Scriptures. That is where God’s will is revealed. Let the truth of Scripture shape your thinking and feed your appetites, and then you will know how to pray according to the will of God.

Clearly, the repeated message of Scripture is that prayer moves the riches of God’s supernatural grace from heaven to earth… from His throne to our need. He will respond to our cries and do what is best for us in each experience of life, while still fulfilling His perfect eternal purpose for us.

“ Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:16

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The paragraphs above were taken from the following book on prayer: MacArthur, John. Lord, Teach Me to Pray: An Invitation to Intimate Prayer (Nashville, TN: J. Countryman, 2003), introduction.

in case of emergency

Posted: October 27, 2008 in Prayer

Is this our mentality about prayer and reading the bible—“in case of an emergency”? Have we as Christians reduced the basic daily routine of a quiet time down to whenever it is convenient for us? Have we arrived on the battle lines without weapons because they are burdensome and weighing us down? Why is it that we have such a hard time having a consistent daily quiet time?

I admit at times, prayer and reading the bible was laborious and boring. My attitude was, “I’ll read and pray when I need to or when time allows.” That was not only painful to write, but as I reflect back on how I felt at the time, it makes me sick at my stomach. How could I ever treat my personal time with Almighty God with such a flippant attitude. I would read and pray only when I needed something from God like direction, healing, or money. Many times, prayer was so foreign that I didn’t like praying in front of people because I didn’t know how to talk to God. I love what John Piper says in his book, Let the Nations be Glad, when he writes. . .

So I do not tire of saying to our church, The number one reason why prayer malfunctions in the hands of believers is that they try to turn a wartime walkie-talkie into a domestic intercom.

Until you believe that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for. Prayer is for the accomplishment of a wartime mission. It is as though the field commander (Jesus) called in the troops, gave them a crucial mission (“Go and bear fruit”), handed each of them a personal transmitter coded to the frequency of the general’s headquarters, and said, “Comrades, the general has a mission for you. He aims to see it accomplished. And to that end he has authorized me to give each of you personal access to him through these transmitters. If you stay true to his mission and seek his victory first, he will always be as close as your transmitter, to give tactical advice and to send in air cover when you or your comrades need it.”

But what have millions of Christians done? They have stopped believing that we are in a war. No urgency, no watching, no vigilance, no strategic planning. Just easy peacetime and prosperity. And what did they do with the walkie-talkie? They tried to rig it up as an intercom in their cushy houses and cabins and boats and cars – not to call in fire power for conflict with a mortal enemy, but to ask the maid to bring another pillow to the den.”

The battle is before me, my enemy is eagerly waiting, the trumpets have sounded, the marching has begun, flaming arrows have lit the sky. Stay with me Lord Jesus. I need You!

“What you do before sunup determines whether you have victory before sundown.”
~ Lester Roloff