Jubilee Weekly December 25, 2018

The Privilege of Prayer

Over the years the LORD has blessed me in many special ways. One of my great joys is to reflect on the ways He has led me, protected me, provided for me, taught me, used me, etc., etc.

Do you know what my greatest joy is? It is the privilege of prayer. Any time I want I have the privilege of calling on my God, the Creator of heaven and earth. In Jeremiah 33:3 He gives me this invitation – “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
I have never been invited to talk with one of our Presidents. The Queen has never invited me over for tea and crumpets. But the King of Heaven says “Come on and talk to me and I will answer you.”

I never have to worry about being led astray, deceived, mocked, or betrayed. Prayer is such a privilege!

Someone wrote “There is no greater privilege for anyone than being able to personally talk with and speak into the ears of Almighty God.

The godly Andrew Murray wrote “Christ’s life and work, His suffering and death, were founded on prayer – total dependence upon God the Father, trust in God, receiving from God and surrendering to God. Your redemption is brought into being by prayer and intercession. The life He lived for you and the life He lives in you is a life that delights to wait on God and receive from Him.

To pray in His name is to pray as He prayed. Christ is our example because He is our Head, our Savior and our life. In virtue of His deity and of His Spirit, He can live in us. We can pray in His name because we abide in Him and He abides in us.”

Every great ministry that I have ever read about or studied was birthed and sustained by prayer. Listen to the confidence Paul had as he prayed for the Christians in Philippi. (Phil. 1:4-6) “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ.”

Consider the formula he gave to the church in Thessalonica (I Thess. 5:16-18) “Be joyful always: pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Does that describe your and my approach to life?
You might think that Paul and Peter were super saints, in the Lord’s service, but they never saw themselves in that light. Besides that, we have real life people in our own times.

Hudson Taylor, missionary to China sought the LORD daily for the work God called him to. He founded the China Inland Mission. During the years he was there 125 schools were started and thousands of people came to know the LORD. His son Howard wrote of his father: “For 40 years the sun never rose on China a single day that God didn’t find him on his knees.”
One of my favorite life stories has to do with George Muller who led the Ashton Dawn Orphanage in Bristol, England.

Over the years they cared for over 10,000 orphans. Mueller never told people what they needed – they prayed and waited for God to provide. If you get a chance you should read his life story and see how he and his team prayed in resources to sustain the ministry. What an adventure in prayer.

There is so much more I could say in this meditation, but I want to close with a statement made by the Kendrick brothers in their book “The Battle Plan for Prayer”. In the chapter “The Ultimate purpose of Prayer” they begin “Ultimately, all prayer is for the glory of God.” Friends – read that statement over and over until the significance sinks in.

Ultimately, all prayer is for the glory of God.” Is that how we are praying? That’s the way Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” (Matt. 26:39) Nature declares the glory of God. “The heavens declare the glory of god and the firmament shows His handiwork. (Ps. 19:1)
We have been created in His likeness and His image. We of all of His creation should bring glory or show glory to Him.

In I Corinthians 10:31 we read “So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Friends, let’s discipline ourselves so that in our prayer lives we consistently pray for that which will bring glory to our God.

Get ready for the Adventure,
Pastor Leonard