10 Basic Facts About Prayer (Fact # 5)


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5. God is the initiator of the prayers

Through His Son – When we walk with Jesus and follow Him we will be invited to pray. Prayer was a very important activity and teaching throughout His ministry. Many times He retired to pray, and many times He taught His disciples and followers about prayer. “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1.” Yes, God initiates our prayers when we follow His Son Jesus.

Through His Spirit – The Spirit was sent not only to apply the works of Christ in our lives, but to enable us to live a new life. Prayer is among the most important aspects of this new life. The Holy Spirit is intrinsically involved in our prayer life. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Rom. 8:26”. Yes, God initiates our prayers through the Holy Spirit.

Through His Word – The Word, the Scriptures, are the communication between God and His people. When we read and meditate in His Word, we are invited to pray. The Bible is a book from God full of invitations to pray. “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,  20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20.” Yes, God initiates our prayers through His Holy Word.

Through circumstances – Sometimes when we face certain circumstances in our lives we do not have any response but prayer. It seems that those circumstances show us our impotence and lack of ability to do anything. This is a subtle way of God to call us closer to Him. He has the answers, and sometimes we do not want to accept that. When we are stiff necked the circumstances will push us to His presence in prayer. “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.  14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.  16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:13.” Yes, God initiates our prayers through circumstances.

Maybe you do not know, but God is calling you to have fellowship with Him. My prayer is that you will answer hello to His call.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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