The Word of God is made effectual and operative, by the process and practice of prayer. Paul had the definite promise from Christ, that he "would be delivered from the people and the Gentiles," but we find him exhorting the Romans in the urgent and solemn manner concerning this very matter: "Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; that I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea, and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints.
If it be lodged and written in our hearts, it will form an outflowing current of prayer, full and irresistible. Promises, stored in the heart, are to be the fuel from which prayer receives life and warmth, just as the coal, stored in the earth, ministers to our comfort on stormy days and wintry nights. The Word of God is the food, by which prayer is nourished and made strong.
Prayer, like man, cannot live by bread alone, "but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord. The absence of vital force in praying, can be traced to the absence of a constant supply of God's Word, to repair the waste, and renew the life. He who would learn to pray well, must first study God's Word, and store it in his memory and thought. When we consult God's Word, we find that no duty is more binding, more exacting, than that of prayer.
On the other hand, we discover that no privilege is more exalted, no habit more richly owned of God. No promises are more radiant, more abounding, more explicit, more often reiterated, than those which are attached to prayer. There is no limit to the provisions, included in the promises to prayer, and no exclusion from its promises. How wide the range of prayer, as given us, in the Divine Revelation! How these Scriptures incite us to seek the God of prayer, with all our wants, with all our burdens!
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In addition to these statements left on record for our encouragement, the sacred pages teem with facts, examples, incidents, and observations, stressing the importance and the absolute necessity of prayer, and putting emphasis on its all-prevailing power. The utmost reach and full benefit of the rich promises of the Word of God, should humbly be received by us, and put to the test. The world will never receive the full benefits of the Gospel until this be done. Neither Christian experience nor Christian living will be what they ought to be till these Divine promises have been fully tested by those who pray.
By prayer, we bring these promises of God's holy will into the realm of the actual and the real. Prayer is the philosopher's stone which transmutes them into gold. If it be asked, what is to be done in order to render God's promises real, the answer is, that we must pray, until the words of the promise are clothed upon with the rich raiment of fulfilment. God's promises are altogether too large to be mastered by desultory praying.
When we examine ourselves, all too often, we discover that our praying does not rise to the demands of the situation; is so limited that it is little more than a mere oasis amid the waste and desert of the world's sin. Who of us, in our praying, measures up to this promise of our Lord: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to My Father. How much is here, for the glory of God, how much for the good of man!
How much for the manifestation of Christ's enthroned power, how much for the reward of abundant faith! And how great and gracious are the results which can be made to accrue from the exercise of commensurate, believing prayer! My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Here are a few ways to do that: Pray prayers directly from the Bible. Philippians —11 Look for—and ask God to give you!
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I really like this. We should all want to pray over our home in so many ways. I most definitely want to always be seeking wisdom as it is one of the main foundations to being able to build our family and it helps us as we have to take various paths in our life. Thanks for such an encouraging and truth filled post.
This is beautiful, and so timely! Praying over my home, my family, is something that I want to work on. Enjoyed this, Alisa! These are words that remind me of the importance of turning everything over to God, particularly the people and places most precious. Beautiful prayers and verses Alisa. My home is also my place of peace. I will be using these to pray over it daily!
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Love this, Alisa! Thank you for these practical tips.
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