Pray….Pray for…..Pray With

By Norman Watson



We finished the 5 part series on the
“fruit Of The Spirit” and it was a wounderful study. This series will
also be a wounderful study. I will be useing a devotional called “Prayer
Power – Learning To Pray Like George Muller”

By Pastor Brent Patrick McDougal taken from
Bible.com (YouVersion.com), I went through this devotional twice and this will
be the third time. I have been encouraged and inspired by Godly men like George
Muller who was a man of faith and prayer. I recommend that you listen to – The
Life Of George Muller by Dr. W.R. Downing (www.georgemuller.org). 

 

 

What is prayer and how do we pray?

 

 

Before we can truly pray we must first come to
the end of ourselves and go to Him for our streanth, we must depend on His
power and might and not on our streanth, abilities or on any one else. We must
trutly thrist and hunger for Him. Andrew Murray said “It is only into the
thirst of an empty soul that the streams of living waters flow. Ever thirsting
is the secret of never thirsting.”

 

 

Andrew Murray also said“The Christian often
tries to forget his weakness; God wants us to remember it, to feel it deeply.
The Christian wants to conquer his weakness and to be freed from it; God wants
us to rest and even rejoice in it. The Christian mourns over his weakness;
Christ teaches His servant to say, ‘I take pleasure in infirmities. Most gladly
…will I…glory in my infirmities’ (2 Cor. 12:9)’ The Christian thinks his
weaknesses are his greatest hindrance in the life and service of God; God tells
us that it is the secret of strength and success. It is our weakness, heartily
accepted and continually realized, that gives our claim and access to the
strength of Him who has said, ‘My strength is made perfect in weakness” 

 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for
they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 (ESV)
 

 

 

Are you hungry and thristy for Him? Do you
want the water that Jesus spoke of in John 4:14 (ESV) “but whoever drinks
of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I
will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Or in John 7:37 (ESV) “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus
stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and
drink.”?

 

 

Once we drink of His living water He abides in
us and in His Word “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If
you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,” John 8:31 (ESV)

 

John 15:7 (ESV) “If you abide in me, and
my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for
you.”

 

2 John 9 (NLT) “Anyone who wanders away
from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the
teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.”

 

 

Sadly many do not abide in Jesus or His Word
and they remain very thirsty and hungry. Why is it that those who are not
followers of Jesus will often seek a true follower of Jesus and ask them to
pray for them or their need? I am not saying that prayer requests from those
who do not know the Lord is wrong, far from it! What I am saying is that their
are those who do not know Jesus as Savior and Lord or are walking a guilty
distance because of unconfessed sin, they feel unworthy to pray or that God
does not hear their prayers. So they seek out those who they see as being a
geniun follower of Jesus to intercead for them in prayer.

 

IF JESUS IS YOUR
SAVIOR AND LORD
, we can personaly go to Him in prayer, “So let us come
boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and
we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16

 

 

IS JESUS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD? 

 

 

I Thirst
(Mark Lowry, Beverly Lowry)

https://youtu.be/Cfr29N8dSu4

 

 

 

One day I came to Him,
I was so thirsty

I asked for water, my
throat was so dry

He gave me water that
I have never dreamed of

But for this water, my
Lord had to die

 

[Chorus]

He said, “I
thirst,” yet He made the rivers

He said, “I
thirst,” yet He made the sea

“I thirst,”
said the King of the Ages

In His great thirst,
He brought water to me

 

Now there’s a river
that flows as clear as crystal

It comes from God’s
throne above

And like a river, it
wells up inside me

Bringing mercy, and
life-giving love

 

[Chorus: x2]

 

In His great thirst,
He brought water to me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1 – Happy in the Lord

 

 

George Müller lived in quiet dependence upon
his heavenly Father. He believed that if he walked with God and expected help
from God, God would never fail him. He also committed himself to depending
completely on God for all that he needed. Day by day, he trusted the Lord. Day
by day, God provided. Sometimes he woke up with no means to purchase bread for
his family or the children of his orphanage. But as needs arose, God arrived at
the right time.

 

People often remarked to Müller, “How can you
live this way?” “This must be a very trying life.” “You must be tired of it.”

 

He replied, “I do not find the life in
connection with this work a trying one, but a very happy one. It is impossible
to describe the abundance of peace and heavenly joy that often flows into my
soul by means of the fresh answers which I have obtained from God, after
waiting upon him for help and blessing; and the longer I have had to wait upon
him, or the greater my need, the greater the enjoyment when at last the answer
comes, which has often been in a very remarkable way, in order to make the hand
of God the more manifest.”

 

Not only is such a life available to all of
us, but we were created for such a happy life. God’s desire is to make a home
inside of us such that whenever a need arises, we can ask God and trust that
need will be met. If it is not, then we can trust that God will meet it or give
us something better in His time.

 

Ironically, many people are afraid that if
they lean into faith—if they devote more time to prayer and make abiding their
central task—then they will be “underliving.” They believe they will feel
limited and less than fulfilled. That’s what the world assumes, but the
opposite is true.

 

You were made to live in
God. You have a soul. A soul that doesn’t drink of the greatness and power and
justice and holiness and love of God will die of thirst. A soul that doesn’t
feast daily on the living God will waste away, undernourished and unsatisfied.