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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Prayer The Foundation

By: Pauline Lewinson


A life that is built on prayer cannot be shaken. If for any reason, you feel that your solid prayer rocking life has been shaken, straighten up and do not expect that shaking to last for too long. If you have doubts about prayer, it is not to late to explore this option to living a more fulfilled life. When prayer is applied daily you are strengthened, physically, emotionally, financially and otherwise.

Many people are petrified about praying, especially publicly. I get asked quite often how I pray the way I do. I tell people that it is through the grace of God, that I pray quite often and that it is a gift from God; just as any other gift. When I pray I feel closer to my Creator. I encourage people to pray often, silently; if that is more comfortable for them or out loud, whichever way, wherever you are, just pray.

One way to get more comfortable about praying is to listen to the prayers of people who pray all the time. You may also practice praying at home and you will soon find that praying is not bad, after all. Jack Hayford said it best: "Prayer is not the mystical experience of a few special people, but an aggressive act: an act that may be performed by anyone who will accept the challenge to learn to pray."

Do not give on praying. God may put a desire in your heart and you may pray for that thing. If you do not get the answer at the time when you are expecting it, just be patient. Delay does not mean that He has not heard or he has denied your prayer. Jesus answers Prayers in different ways and at the right time.

Be alert and watchful and then you will observe how your prayers are being answered, sometimes in subtle ways, not necessarily the way you are anticipating. God has an appointed time for everything: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." (Ecclesiates 3:1). Whatever you do, do not waver or doubt when you pray.

If He tells you something it will come to pass even when we get discouraged and tired of waiting, he comes through for us like he came through for Peter, just at the point when Peter was ready to give up on fishing and for Elijah when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall and none fell for three and a half years and when he prayed for rain to fall, showers poured down and the plants turned green again. There is hope in every dead situation!

Jesus knows exactly which prayers to answer and when to answer them. He is just like His father. God did not answer Jesus when Jesus prayed and asked God to remove the cup (to spare His life from death on the cross). What would have happened if God had answered that Prayer? We would be doomed forever to sin and death. All the nations of the earth would be lost. There would be no remission of sin or salvation.

Prayer keeps us divinely united with God and many verses in the Bible tell us how to do this. The key to prayer is praying in the spirit and doing it God’s way. Prayer is one of the open doors for the believer to meet with Jesus and allow Him to work on our behalf. Every believer has the authority to go to God directly for himself in prayer. This is so because the moment that a person believes in God, confesses his or her sin and accepts Jesus, He declares that:

"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful,"(1 Peter 2:9). Your only mediator is Jesus, the one who intercede with God for us: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5.

It is okay to ask people to pray with or for you, but it is of utmost importance that you know that you can pray to God in the name of Jesus and that God answers your prayers directly. You do not need a mediator in a human form. You know yourself better than the person you might be asking to pray for you, so you can say the best prayer for yourself.

In reading the Bible I found several prayers that were prayed to God and were answered. These prayers were prayed directly by the individuals needing God to act on their behalf. The first one that comes to mind after the prayer of Elieazer in Genesis, is the prayer of Jacob in (Genesis 32:9-12). Jacob, the twin brother of Esau stole the birthright of his brother and when he feared that his brother would come after him, he prayed to God for protection.

The night when he rendered that prayer, he was very scared, because he knew that his brother was a hunter, who did not have much regards for spiritual values; this is evident in the fact that he sold his birthright for a meal of lentil soup and in his act of marrying two pagan women.

There are many other remarkable prayers in the Bibles, such as the Prayer of Mary, Moses, Gideon, Hannah, David, Jabez and Daniel and these are just a few of them. Jesus, while on the cross, prayed "not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42). If you want to know God's will read the Bible and apply His Word.

I invite you to try Prayer and I promise you will never regret making that decision. Do not listen to the people who spend endless time trying to prove that prayer is an optical illusion or coincidence and that people who believe in it are delusional. These people do not know any better. Their eyes are blinded and will be until they chose to Believe in God.

Pauline Lewinson

Pauline Lewinson, Life Style Mentor and Successful Entrepreneur, is helping many become the next success story. Whether you're looking to create an extra few thousand dollars per month, be an ex-corporate executive, or the next millionaire Mom, Pauline can assist you to create a second stream of income and greater peace of mind. visit : Inspired Life

1 comment:

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

Too often I forget to pray...I need to work on that!