Jubilee Weekly February 20, 2018

“PRAYER”

Jr what a privilege prayer is? Just think – we can come to our Father in heaven, anytime – day or night – and share our hearts with Him.

In Ephesians 6:18, the Apostle Paul admonishes us –
“With all prayer and petition pray at all times.” The apostle makes prayer all-pervasive.

Prayer is our hotline to heaven’s throne-room. The effectiveness of our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-17) is determined by our prayer life.

• Jesus can be frequently found in prayer. Matthew 14:23; 26:41; 26:36

• He encouraged the disciples to be awake, alert and praying so that they would have the spiritual stamina to face trials and temptations when they came. Luke 21:36

• We read that the apostles devoted themselves to prayer. Acts 6:4

• Read how Cornelius was a man of prayer. Acts 6:1-2

• The Apostle Paul, in Romans 12:12, urges us to be “steadfast in prayer”.

• He told the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing”. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

• In Philippians 4:6, the apostle admonishes us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer, and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”.

Paul was faithful in praying for others. In Colossians 1:9 we read, “For this reason, we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”

Wouldn’t it be great for us to pray that way for each other!
In Philemon 4, Paul tells his friend, “I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers.” Just about every day, Joyce and I pray for each member of our family in prayer. What a privilege it is to do so.

Maybe you are wondering when you should pray. I love what David said in Psalm 55:16-17:

“As for me, I will call upon God. And the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud.”

Daniel had set times when he prayed. In Daniel 9:10 we read,
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home, and in his upper room, with his windows opened toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave thanks before His God, as was his custom since early days.”

Listen to what Dr. Luke wrote about Jesus — Luke 6:12
“Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God.”
Folks, if the Holy Son of God felt the need to be so engaged in prayer, what about us? Jesus was getting ready to choose the twelve who would go with Him in His ministry, so He prayed all night before calling the twelve to Him.

Dr. Charles Stanley, in his “Life Principles Bible” wrote:
“Fight all of your battles on your knees and you will win every time.” Praise God for that truth!

So, my precious brother and sister, why don’t you accept God’s invitation in

— 1st Peter 5:7, “casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.”

Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and might things, which you do not know.

1. God wants to hear from you. “Call on Me.”

2. He will answer you. “I will answer you.”

3. He will show us great and might things.

Folks —
• Our God is ever present.
• Our God is all-knowing.
• Our God is all-powerful.
• Our God is unchanging.

Receive the word of Paul in Ephesians 3:20-21,
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Trusting in Jesus,

Pastor Leonard