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Prayer and Supplication in the Spirit –

“Prayer does not mean that I am to bring God down to my thoughts and my purposes, and bend His government according to my foolish, silly, and sometimes sinful notions. Prayer means that I am to be raised up into feeling, into union and design with Him; that I am to enter into His counsel 

and carry out His purpose fully...Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all.” D.L. Moody

 

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Prayer and supplication is often overlooked as part of a Christian’s armor. Prayer is being in communication with God.  It provides us the marching orders, reassurance and relief in conferring the situation with our Superior Officer.  Prayer is a communicative expression of our recognizing our dependence on God that gets us prepared to see God at work.  God does not “need to be enlightened” to our needs (in His sovereignty, He always knows what we will ask before we do- Mt. 6:8). “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Is. 65:24).  Prayer brings us into a working relationship with the Lord and He does want us to reach out to Him with our needs.  Supplication is defined as asking or begging for something in earnest humility.  The Lord wants us to recognize our dependence on Him and to come before Him without ceasing (1 Th. 5:17).  The prayers of the saints are precious in the sight of God.  They are likened as a fragrant sacrifice (Rev. 5:8).  

We are to pray:
    • By seeking the Lord continually (1 Chr. 16:11)
    • Through abiding in Him (Jn. 15:7)
    • With thanksgiving (Acts 27:35)
    • By asking, that it may be given; by seeking, that we might find; and by knocking that the Door may be opened– Stay at it! (Mt. 7:7)
    • Asking that we may receive and our joy may be full (Jn. 16:24)
    • Without ceasing (1 Th. 5:17)
    • When afflicted (James 5:13)
    • Always and not to faint (Lu. 18:1)
    • Watchfully, for the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak (Mt. 26:41)
Promises to those who pray:
    • Answers and insight:  “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3).
    • Deliverance: “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him” (Ps. 91:15).

If we are without knowledge of how or what to pray about, even there the Lord provides us aid.  “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Ro. 8:26).

“Keep praying in order to get a perfect understanding of God Himself.” Oswald Chambers

Remember: “…No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11).

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