Joe Teisan: August 2018
HOW IS THE SPIRITUAL DYNAMITE OF TRUE PRAYER KEEPING US IN THE PLAN OF GOD’S PROVIDENTIAL LEADING, AND MOLDING US INTO THE RADIANT IMAGE OF JESUS?
Praise, adoration, and thanksgiving, are the delights of prayer, always on our lips! “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain” (Rev. 5:11-12). We love to glorify God in Christ, in prayer, worship, hymns, musical instruments, testimony, confession, submission, humble request, and righteousness. As we meditate upon His greatness, we enter the Heavenly Throne of God, asking that His will be done in our lives. In the gift of prayer we voice our innermost thoughts to our Lord spontaneously, both day and night.
Prayer rises to heaven like sweet smelling incense, from the golden altars of our hearts (Rev. 5:8, 8:3). Without the instruction of Scripture, we would not know how to reach our Lord and Creator. In our born again DNA, prayer is as normal as breathing.
Prayer changes us as we move from self-interest, and surrender to God’s will. We “come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). “For we do not know what prayer to offer … but the Spirit Himself … intercedes and pleads (before God) in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will” (Rom. 8:26-27, Amp.). “Pray that you may be healed and restored … The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working)” (James 5:16, Amp).
“Rejoice evermore. Pray! without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18). “Keep on asking and it will be given you: keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking (reverently) and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7, Amp.). “And this is the confidence … which we have in Him: … that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan) He listens to and hears us” (1 John 5:14, Amp). “Not as I will but as You will.”
Prayer opens the gates of morning, and enrobes the sleep of evening. “All things whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matt. 21:22). “If you shall ask any thing in My name I will do it” (Jn. 14:14). Turning my troubles over to God is heart friendly, as prayer wipes out stress, worry and fear. “Praise the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, praise His holy name … and forget not all His benefits, Who forgives all your iniquities. Who heals all your diseases. Who redeems your life from destruction: Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Ps. 103:1-4).
We clean out the trash basket in our minds, and replace it with thinking, and talking to our Dearly Beloved God and Savior. Constant prayer, like broom, mop, and vacuum cleaner, keeps our minds free of impurities. As the Lord answers our prayers, we quickly respond with thanks, adoration and ceaseless, everlasting praise.
Jesus gives a vivid and moving parable to encourage us to be persistent in prayer and not give up (Luke 18:1-8). A widow kept coming to an unjust judge who refused to hear her case. Yet, because the widow continued to bother him, to wear him out, the judge took the case to protect and defend her.
God keeps the precious prayers of His own in golden bowls. Mixed with the intercession of Christ, our prayers are acceptable to God, as they rise to His throne as sweet smelling incense, as perfume, as fragrant spices (Rev. 5:8, 8:3-4, Ps. 141:2).
Joseph A. Teisan