Prayer Directives; Part 3

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Fast and pray-  Adding fasting to your prayer life. This is not easy for most of us. That’s because we are “food (carb)-a-holics”!  But it is a spiritual discipline.  We need to practice it more than we do. It requires a plan!  In  Matthew 6:16, Jesus says “when you fast”, not “if you fast”.  Fasting helps to intensify our prayers and gives them more earnestness. In 2 Chronicles 20:3, King Jehoshaphat had the whole country of Judea fast when they were facing a formidable enemy.  He knew the effectiveness of fasting. They praised God first, before the battle.  See Ezra 8:23 for another fasting example.

The Church will be called a House of Prayer–  No surprise here. imagesT31A9DN4Acts 4 is a power packed prayer chapter in the Bible. Let’s look at it. Holy Spirit power is available for us, and we need to know the basis of the power- vs. 7,8,10.  Results of power are here- vs. 4– 5,000 new believers,14– physical healing,33-power over death gives us hope,34-there was sharing among believers. That’s what benevolent offerings are all about.  Nature of prayer- vs. 24, realize that God is control of all.  Results of prayer- vs. 31– prayer energizes us and fills us up with the Spirit.  Look up 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 8.   1) Prayer requests should be made for everyone.  2) Intercessory and thanksgiving prayers should be made for everyone.  3) We should pray for kings (or presidents) and all those in authority. 4) We should pray for peaceful and quiet lives 5) We should pray for godliness and holiness in our lives and that would exhibit the fruits of the Spirit.  6) All of this pleases God

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A lot of things cause us to be anxious!

Pray against anxiety- Anxiety can be a huge sin for us. We are battling with God for control of our lives! Read  Philippians 4:6-9– enlist God’s “Peace Corp”  against anxiety.  Be thankful.  Feed your mind with excellence.  Think purer thoughts.  Strive for excellence.  It’s a junk-filled world out there.

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Leprosy was the AIDS of Biblical Times

Turn your sickness (physical, mental or spiritual) to healing- Read James 5:14-16.   Sickness is a fact of life because we live in a fallen world.  We should go to the Lord in prayer when we are sick.  Consider the Biblical teaching- The Healing of Naaman of leprosy-  2 Kings 5

For elders or deacons in the local church- Pray over and anoint the sick with oil. The Prayer- In the name of the Lord, in faith, and for those who are sick- confess your sins.  The Lord will raise the person up. Somehow- physically, mentally, or spiritually.    Oil is a symbol of the working of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life.  In Luke 4:18, the Spirit of the Lord was on Jesus because He was anointed to heal those people with physical ailments. Indeed, He is the Holy Spirit!

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Golden Bowls of Incense= Prayers of the Saints

Our prayers are accounted for-  Revelation 5:8-10– These verses simply blow me away.  “The four creatures and the elders worshipped before the Lamb, and fell down before the Lamb. Each had a harp and they sang a new song:  “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priest to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”  The elders were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” What does this say about the importance of your prayers and every utterance you make to the Lord? Wow.

Next blog: Spirtual Gifts. What? Why? How many? Differences between gifts and talents.

 

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About Dr. Robert

I am married to Janet and we have four children. I am active in Grace church in Racine, Wisconsin and serve there in leadership and teaching . I have been an internist for 30 years and keep busy by taking care of a full load of patients. On the side, I like to write, coach, mentor, spend time with my family just hangin' out, and help take care of our three dogs; a Golden and two Berneses'.
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One Response to Prayer Directives; Part 3

  1. Lee Sucharda III says:

    Love the “bowls of incense” insight. Thanks Bob.

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