Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is about prayer. Last Sunday my Pastor started teaching from the book Colossians and the title of the Bible teaching was “Prayer with Thanksgiving”, (He teaches book by book, verse by verse and chapter by chapter) and as I listened it was as though God was confirming to me today the Bible teaching that I have been working on days before my Pastor even started teaching on Colossians, in fact as you know I have been lead by the Holy Spirit to send Bible teaching to you for that last year or two. I will continue on the subject of prayer until the Holy Spirit leads me in another direction.
Often we say that we will pray when there is convenient time to pray, the problem is how often do we forget to pray? The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (AMP) “Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” In other words God tells us to be praying while we are working, in school, walking, eating, all of the time. Not when is conviently time! When we postpone prayer we give Satan a victory, because God told us to pray at that moment (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 pray without ceasing) and we have listened to Satan when he said “you do not have time now, pray later”.
We also give Satan a victory when we disobey God by not sharing your prayer needs with each other. When God send someone your way to pray for and you say “I am good or God knows”, You are disobeying God and in fact are lying when you say “I am good or no” when in fact you do need prayer, because He tells us “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:14-16
Fear and lack of Trust will also stop us from truly sharing a prayer need with each other, But you need to know that fear and lack of trust are the weapons of Satan. The Bible tells us that “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT).
Martyn Lloyd-Jones said “Above all – and again this I regard as most important of all – always respond to every impulse to pray… It is the work of the Holy Spirit… So never resist, never postpone it, never push it aside because you are busy. Give yourself to it, yield to it; and you will find not only that you have not been wasting time with respect to the matter with which you are dealing, but that actually it has helped you greatly in that respect.”
Take My Life (And Let It Be) Chris Tomlin
Take my life and let it be
con – secrat – ed, Lord, to Thee
Take my moments and my days
let them flow in cease – less praise
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of Thy love
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beau – tiful for Thee
Take my voice and let me sing
always, on – ly, for my King
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from Thee
Take my silver and my gold
not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect and use
ev’ – ry pow – er as You choose
Here am I, all of me
Take my life, it’s all for Thee
Take my will and make it Thine
it shall be no long – er mine
Take my heart, it is Thine own
it shall be Thy roy – al throne
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
at Your feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be
ever, only, all for Thee
Why I Stopped Saying “I Will Pray For You”
by John Eldredge, author of Moving Mountains
I’ve come to the place where I have had to stop telling people, “I’ll pray for you.”
I simply know that despite my good intentions — and these promises are almost always spoken with good intent — I know that nine times out of ten I just don’t remember to follow through. Not until maybe a week or two later, and then I feel guilty that I forgot. I don’t like promising something I probably won’t live up to.
You know how these stories go: Someone you care about tells you of their pain, need, or struggle, and you respond with, “Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that; I’ll pray for you.” But then, most of the time, we never do.
If all the prayers that were promised were actually prayed, this would be a different world by now.
So instead of promising future prayer, what I try to do nowadays is stop, right there in the moment, and pray. Right then and there. It’s funny how many Christians this actually throws off guard. “You mean, right now?” “Yes — absolutely. Let’s pray.”
In the restaurant, in the car, on the plane, wherever. If it’s a text or e-mail request, I’ll start praying as I type my response, typing out a prayer for them right then and there. Not only does it help me follow through, but it helps them to agree right along with what I have prayed, and agreement is mighty powerful, as we know.
I’m thinking of St. Patrick, how he would pray through the course of the day as he worked: “Tending flocks was my daily work, and I would pray constantly through the daylight hours. The love of God and the fear of Him surrounded me more and more — and faith grew and the spirit was roused, so that in one day I would say as many as a hundred prayers and after dark nearly as many again.”1
He simply did it right there, in the moment. For the truth is, there is no “later.”
“Now is the time to pray, for now is all we really have.”
“Jesus, come into this — we invite You into this” is a great place to start. Whatever the need — guidance, direction, encouragement, healing, protection; the cancelled flight, the report from the doctor, the tension in relationship — this is the place to start. Invite Jesus right into the heart of it all, right there, in the moment. “Jesus, come into this — we invite You into this.”
We do this often in our meetings at Ransomed Heart. Someone will say, “I think we ought to pray about such-and-such,” and I’ll reply, “Go for it. Lead us. Right now,” and we’ll stop what we are doing and pray. Because if we don’t, we rarely get back around to it. I don’t know how many Christian meetings I’ve been in — board meetings, elder meetings — when all the time is used talking about what needs prayer, and we find we have barely a few minutes left at the end for one quick, little, rushed prayer.
It’s a brilliant ploy of the enemy — keep God’s people talking about it, debating, conjecturing, worrying over it, speculating, so they never really get around to praying.
By all means, pray when you have time and space to devote yourself to it, time to truly seek God. But pray now too — because you don’t know that you will get to it later.
Pray Now! That would make a great note to stick on the fridge, or car dashboard, or desk. Today and going forward, when we hear that prayer is needed, let’s not respond, “I’ll pray”, but pray right then and there instead!