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Become Strong In Prayer
Become Strong In Prayer
Prayer is simply talking to God. You can’t get to know someone unless you communicate with them. In prayer we are building a unique friendship with God as our heavenly Father, with Jesus as our best friend, and with the Holy Spirit who is present with us now. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him (Psalm 145:18). Pray with childlike faith from your heart, expressing your thoughts and feelings to the Lord. As you pray, have an awareness that God is with you, watching you and listening to your every word.
When I was a young evangelist, I had the blessing of spending some months at a prayer school, which was a bit like a Bible College, but it was specifically devoted to prayer and intercession. There were a few young men and a few old ladies and we had a 24 hour a day prayer chain. Each person would be given 2 hours alone as their time slot to pray, as well as having times when we would pray together. Being committed to spending 2 hours alone sitting in a room each day forced us to become disciplined and to learn how to pray. We cannot become legalistic about set times of prayer, but we are called to be faithful (Romans 12:12). Spending time alone with God develops a love relationship. Many people need to give up time watching TV to pray.
You need to develop your own personal times of prayer. Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). The true strength of your Christian life will be measured by these times of intimacy with God. The prophet Daniel had set for himself three times of private prayer each day (Daniel 6:10). This might not be so practical for your lifestyle, but if you learn to make prayer a priority and develop a godly habit you will make more progress in your spiritual growth. Often the best time to pray is to get up a little earlier in the morning. Each day is a gift to be opened with prayer.
I encourage all believers to attend a weekly church prayer meeting. The early Christians continually met together to pray and we must do the same (Acts 1:14). Learning to pray with others is very important. In times of seriously seeking God, prayer meetings increase and can be aided with fasting. Mighty moves of God come in answer to prayer. Pour out your heart to God and pray for the salvation of friends, relatives and neighbours who don’t know the Lord. The Lord will assist you in making right choices as you seek Him for the proper guidance. Always remember that prayer is powerful and effective (James 5:16).