2007-06-03 - Daniel
Installment 54 ~ Chapter 6, Conclusion
The more we focus on striving for the Lord, the more our prayer life must be a major part of our daily walk. We have often talked about the importance of prayer in the life of this body and in our individual lives. This can not be overstressed. We cannot move without the Lord's direction, and if we are not committed to daily prayer, we will not receive that direction.
In addition, our prayers are the basis for the Lord working in our lives, empowering us through the work of the Holy Spirit, and moving us to reach out into the lives of those around us. We are called to be a praying body. And the depth of our relationship with the Lord, and therefore our true success, is dependent on how seriously we take the working of prayer in our lives. And as we learn to pray, we are also teaching our children and our young believers the importance of prayer in their lives.
Finally, what a joy that, as members of the priesthood of believers, we can enter into the presence of God anytime, in any situation. We have the privilege of approaching the God of Heaven, because we are covered with the blood of the Lamb. We have the joy of praise and thanksgiving, and the comfort and intercession and request. We have a Father who desires to hear what we want to express. Let us enjoy the blessing of our relationship with the God who has provided our salvation. Let our prayer life move from a position of the fire extinguisher case, covered by the glass on which is written "In case of emergency break glass." Instead, let our prayer life be as necessary to our spiritual health as food is to our physical survival.
A Prayer in Distress.
"There was once a man in belly of a fish miraculously kept alive. He was in a strange, dark, horrible place, and he says of it:
Out of the belly of hell cried I.
Was his cry of any use? Yes. We read: "Out of the belly of Hell cried I, and Thou heardst my voice. My prayer came in unto Thee, into Thine holy temple." Wherever you may be, and in whatsoever trial you may be involved, the Lord will hear your cry and come to your help. If any soul here is, like Jonah, in the very belly of Hell in feeling and apprehension, yet his cry will prevail with Heaven, and he shall know that 'salvation is of the Lord.'
A poor man's cry will sound, through the telephone of Christ's mediation, in the ear of God, and He will respond to it. ~ SPURGEON 6
6 McClure, editor, J. B., Pearls from Many Seas, The Master Christian Library, AGES Software, Albany, OR, Version 8.0 (c) 2000
Personal Application: Let us examine our prayer life and consider what we can do to strengthen it.
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help us draw closer to You in our time in the word, in our time in prayer, and as a result through our walk. In Christ's name, amen.
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