God sits on His throne in His temple. Jesus sits beside Him, vigorously pleading for those He loves. For us. The Holy Spirit is there too. On our behalf He utters groans that words cannot express. And then there’s us. Sitting here, yet welcomed into the presence of this Almighty God ( Psalm 11:4, Psalm 18:6, Jeremiah 50:34, Hebrews 7:24-25, Romans 8:26-27).
–He invites us to come with confidence (Hebrews 4:16).
–He tells us our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16).
–He says pray about anything and everything. When we do He gives us His peace (Philippians 4:5-6).
–He tells us that faith the size of a mustard seed can say to a mountain, –“Move!” and it will move (Matthew 17:20).
–God says He loves us more than we can know and that He is able and willing to do more than we ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:18-20)
It’s a privilege to pray.
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I call to God and he hears my voice (from Psalm 55:16-17).
We pray to One who listens.
We tell our grandchildren that God answers prayer. God showed them He does.
Three granddaughters and their parents left our apartment right on schedule. The elevator came. We got on. The door shut. The elevator didn’t move. The door wouldn’t open. We pushed the help button.
Grandpa said, “Let’s all pray, ‘Father, we need your help.'” The elevator moved. When it stopped, the door opened. We made it outside before their Uber ride to the airport arrived. We thanked God!
God used an elevator emergency to show our granddaughters that He answers prayer.
May we never forget.
Lord, I wait for you; You will answer, Lord my God (Psalm 38:15).
Wait for the Lord.
And as you wait, pray.
O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.
Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior (Psalm 38:9, 22).
As you cry, whisper a prayer of thanks. The Lord understands and will help.
What they were doing was unpleasant, and potentially harmful, but it is legal.
So we prayed.
We endured for a little longer, and then suddenly they stopped. Someone on the other side of the world made a decision that changed everything.
“It is possible to move men by God through prayer.” ~Hudson Taylor
When we pray for one another, we’re asking God to work. We’re also serving one another, bearing one another’s burdens, and loving one another (see Galatians 5:13, 6:2; 1 Peter 1:22).
Praying for one another helps us forgive and be at peace with one another (see Ephesians 4:32, Mark 9:50).
(James 5:16). Pray for one another
My Jesus, I love Him!
Jesus died for the sins I’ve done.
Jesus died for the sins you’ve done.
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him (Isaiah 53:5).
Is He your Jesus? Will you say, “My Jesus, I love you!”
Notice what Solomon did before and after he asked for wisdom.
The king went to an important place of worship and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings to the Lord. That night the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream (from 1 Kings 3:4-5).”
Solomon woke up, returned to Jerusalem, stood before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings (from 1 Kings 3:15).”
When Solomon was born, we’re told,
“The Lord loved the child (2 Samuel 14:24).
When Solomon became king, we’re told,
“Solomon loved the Lord (1 Kings 3:3).”
We love him, because he first loved us (1 John 4:19 KJV).”
As you pray, remember the Lord loves you. Do you love Him?
David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight?”
The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead.”
So David went and defeated the Philistines.
“The Lord did it!” David exclaimed.
“He burst through my enemies like a raging flood (from 2 Samuel 5:19-20).”