It’s been a while since I have blogged. I apologize. Helping to take care of my loving parents Adrienne and Bob who are now in nursing homes has taken some extra time, but I am “back in the saddle” of writing.
The first ten:
When to pray- King David tells us this. Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, and He will hear my voice. Psalm 55:17. The apostle Paul adds, “Pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks, for this is God‘s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 God wants the lines of communication between Him and us on “open” all the time.
Pray in secret- But when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:6 God loves intimacy with us.
Pray for people who mistreat you- And Jesus said, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 This is totally God. NOTHING in your old nature can give you this desire!
Pray for physical healing- And Jeroboam the king answered and said to Shemaiah, the man of God, “Please entreat the Lord your God, and pray for me, that my paralyzed hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored to him, and it became as it was before. 1 Kings 13:6 God wants to show us HIS miracles.
Pray waitfully- Therefore, return to your God, observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually. Hosea 12:6 Hard for us to wait, is it not? “Those who look (and wait) for the Lord will grow wings like eagles…”
Pray humbly- The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches (this is spiritual), honor (before God), and life. Proverbs 22:4. See Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2.
Pray with a clean heart- If I regard wickedness in my hear, the Lord will not hear. Psalm 66:18 Nobody is perfect! But, the blameless heart is the one God is looking for. The blameless heart is the heart that is repentant AT ALL TIMES and looks at its sin as a cancerous lesion that must be removed.
Pray for the harvest- we are commanded to ask God, the Lord of the harvest, to send out workers into His harvest field. (Matthew 9:37-38) Full time missionaries are our heroes! Are you a missionary in your little corner of the globe?
Next week: The second ten guiding principles to enhance your prayer life.