We discuss the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gift of praying in tongues and why we need to pray in tongues.
Ever wondered what to pray for when you don’t know what to pray or for whom to pray? Can we pray when we are busy with other things? We discuss this in Praying in the Spirit Prayer 2.0 our final part in this series
In the humility of Jesus Christ we have a revelation of what should form a part of the foundation of what each of us believe.
Understanding the foundation of our faith is to be strengthened in our faith. We are expected in our everyday lives to provide; preform ; and to be successful. We tend to carry this mentality with us when it comes to our relationship with God and we end up feeling like we are letting God down.
In Christ’s humility we learn that it is not up to us ; that is why God send His only begotten son – to be lowered ; in death – so that the sinfulness of our self can die – [but so that ultimately we may rise up with Christ]
How are you trying to be put right with God? Are you looking at self improvement and rule keeping or works? Did you know that it is ONLY by FAITH in Christ Jesus that we are saved and never by keeping the law or doing good deeds and works.
In our previous post we looked at the privilege and opportunity of prayer; in this post we are discussing ways we can pray effectively:
We come in the Name of Jesus, our prayers are answered not because of what we do but because of what Jesus has done for us. Because of the perfect and finished work of the cross.
We come with praise. Look at the Lord’s prayer in Matthew Chapter 6 verse 9 and see how Jesus starts the prayer with praise. Look at Leviticus 2:13 and 2 Cron 20:20 and see how the Israelites of old covenant were told to bring salt with all their offerings. In the same way we are to bring all our offerings with praise.
Blend every prayer with thanksgiving! (Read Phil 4:6-7) Though you may find yourself praying from the deepest pits of trouble and darkness give your prayers the silver wings of thanksgiving (a) we have abundant cause for thanksgiving (b) we come as children and not as slaves (c) we watch with eager expectation for our prayers to be answered. See Romans 1 for an example of how Paul the Apostle mixed prayer with thanksgiving and praise.
Come with a clear knowledge of what to ask. General prayer is blessed but asking for distinct blessings together with our general prayer is also needed. I suggest you keep a prayer journal and also find some scriptures with promises for or about what you are praying for.
Have you been struggling with a certain issue or perhaps many issues for a long time? Has life treated you unfairly? The fact is that yes, life is unfair BUT GOD is offering you an unfair advantage over the world and the systems of this world. Jesus is standing right next to you today and He is asking, “Do you want to get well?”.
I heard someone quote a statistic that said that only 20% of Christians pray. I found this strange. I would like to be so bold as to say maybe only 20% of those who “call themselves Christians” pray for it is impossible, yes impossible to be a true believer in Christ and to have a relationship with Christ without praying. Being a Christian and not praying will be like a fish taken out of water, you will very quickly lose all your power and die.
Unfortunately I will say that there are many true believers who spend very little time in prayer and that is why they don’t have all that God has intended for them to have. It is probably the main reason why they are living ineffective lives without blessing and revelation. We don’t earn the answers to our prayers by praying or gain merits for blessings or favor when we pray, thank God, through Jesus Christ we have access to it all but if you are not praying you are not tapping into all that god has for you. You are not exercising your dominion and thus the devil is running amuck in your life.
John 16: 23-24 (AMP)
In that day you will not need to ask me anything. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My Name as my representative, He will give you.
Untill now you have not asked the Father for anything in my Name; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive so that your joy will be full and complete.
Do you have faith? We look at what faith is and what pleases God. We also see how we can test if we have real faith?
Heb 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
Hebrews 11:1 AMP
1. He who has faith has renownced his own righteousness. If you put just one atom of trust in yourself you have no faith.
2. If you put any trust in anything else than what Christ did you have no faith.
If you trust in your works your works are anti-christ and anti-christ and Christ does not go together.
3. Do you have a great esteem for Christ? Do you love His Name? Do you love His people?
4. He who has true faith has true obedience. He who claims to have faith and has no works lies and if anyone claims he believes in Christ yet does not lead a Holy life He makes a mistake. For while we do not trust or believe on good works we know that faith always begets good works.