Thursday, May 30, 2013

Be Persistent in Your Prayers (Ephesians 6:28 - Day 4)

Ephesians 6:18 -- "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere."

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There is a lot packed into this one verse. That is why I am breaking it down and focusing on each aspect. First, pray in the Spirit. Put your heart into your prayer, don't use empty words. Second, pray at all times and on every occasion. Don't just pray when you feel like it or need something and don't pray because you are waiting to give God a formal address. Always pray, just like breathing. Thirdly, stay alert, temptation is everywhere but if your focus is on God the devil won't be able to get a foothold. Fourthly...

"Be Persistent in Your Prayers"

If God puts something or someone on your heart, keep praying , keep lifting it or them up to God. He wants constant communication with us and He wants us to express what is on our minds and in our hearts.

Romans 12:12 -- "Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Don't worry about bugging God, keep praying with all your heart. Don't use empty words, but open your heart and mind and pour it out to God.

At the same time, don't get discouraged if you don't get an answer immediately. God's timing is a mysterious thing; however, it is also perfect. God waits to grant desires for all sorts of reasons. He may be waiting for you to be ready or for the situation to positively affect someone around you. He puts puzzle pieces together in a way that we can't even imagine. Have faith that God will do what is best for you and it will happen at the perfect time in the perfect way.

In the meantime...
1 Thessalonians 5:17 -- "Never stop praying."

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