We have to. There is no way around it. If we feel like we are under duress we are moved to pray. When a great need arises, it's relatively easy to stop what we are doing and cry out to the Lord.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8 NLT
Motivation For Daily PrayerGod wants to walk with us. Switch it around and it's still true... He wants us, to walk with Him. There are good reasons for this. The first is His love for us. Secondly, He knows that when we are not keeping Him at the forefront of our minds we forget about Him. We forget who we are in Christ. We forget about our enemy.
- The Lord desires a close and personal relationship.
- Communication is vital.
- We have open access to the throne room of heaven.
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. ... When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. - John 15:5, 8 NLT
It's A Real War
- We are at war.
- The war is in the unseen world.
- It is focused on our mind.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12 NLT
- Ignoring the war does not stop the effects of the war.
- Prayer time is forged through love and sacrifice.
- The enemy makes slaves of the passive mind.
Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. - Romans 6:16 NLT
So you see, faith by itself isn't enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. - James 2:17 NLT
Engaging In Prayer
- Brings unstoppable force to bear on your behalf and others.
- Prayer is a progression of faith.
- The just shall live by faith.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Make Your ListPlease, start your prayer list right now. We need you in the battle.
Start with a short list. Make it something you can do everyday. It doesn't have to be a specific time, but it can be. The key is every single day.
A short list is a great place to start. Get one scripture for one purpose down in a notebook, OneNote, Evernote etc. and hit it everyday.
Prayer is the catalyst for walking in the Spirit.
Consistency is our catalyst for growth in the Lord.
"Pray without ceasing."
"Cast all your cares on Me."
The Lord has said to us in many various and creative ways that our communication with Him is always on. He wants us to be aware of Him and engaging Him constantly.
Need an assist to kick off a fresh prayer list?
Let's start with this:
I love the Lord
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.” - Psalms 27:8 NLT
Teach me your ways, O lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. - Psalms 86:11 NLT
Consistency is key. Long prayer lists take time so start small and work your way up to the big stuff. There is an expertise to prayer that does not come in one sitting. It takes time to develop a relationship so get started right now. Add your own words, requests and scriptures as you go. Soon you will not be able to live without it.
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