THE DELIVERANCE OF PRAYER
by Dr. Charles Barham
For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ. And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience has been confirmed. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (HCSB)
Prayer is a very personal communication between the individual and God. Much of our public prayer is for the ears of people rather than God. We want to remind people of things we feel they need to remember or to do. While public prayer does have importance, we are instructed to enter our closet to pray. The emphasis is on you and God alone.
When we pray, we should remember who God is. He is not a kindly grandfather that gives us all the ice cream we want. He is the God of creation who is awesome and holy. We should approach Him with awe and reverence. He is also the living God who places His arms around us in love and compassion. God always want us to approach Him with faith. Faith is what makes the relationship possible. Without faith we cannot please Him. We must be willing for God to stretch our faith. God wants us to approach Him with silence. Prayer is not a monologue, but a dialogue. We listen to God as well as speak to Him. We should not insult God by just telling Him what we want, then run off before He has the opportunity to respond. The strongest legacy we can leave for future generations is helping them to understand these truths.
Prayer: Lord, today I pray Psalm 63:1. I recognize that You alone are my God. I want to earnestly seek You today because my soul is thirsty. I long for You and need Your loving touch on my life. Bring me out of this desert of inner emptiness and fill me with Your Spirit.
“The most monumental leap we take toward freedom is the leap to our knees in surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ.” – Beth Moore