Developing prayer potentials – Part 1
Prayer is the only ordained means by which believers communicate with God. In the Scriptures, the activity of prayer or praying is also described in various ways as “calling upon the Lord” (Psalm 17:6); “calling upon the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26); crying unto the Lord (Psalm 3:4); lifting up one’s soul unto God (Psalm 25:1); seeking the Lord (Isaiah 55:6); coming boldly unto the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16); drawing near to God (Hebrews 10:22) and pouring out one’s heart to God (I Samuel1: 16). Everything about the believer’s life centres around the effectiveness of his/her prayer life – his victory in life, success in ministry, influence on society and his reception of heaven’s blessings upon himself all depend so much on the quality of his prayers. The believer must, therefore, learn the art of effective praying and pay diligent attention to the development of his prayer potentials for his own good.
Every believer in Christ has great potentials for effective praying which include:
• The indwelling Christ (Colossians 1:27)
• The indwelling Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18)
• God’s word (God’s promises) in the heart (Colossians 3:16).
• Faith in the living and true God (Acts 27:25).
• The believer’s privileged position as a child of God (the father-son relationship) Daniel 6:23.
• His inheritance in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:21).
• The abiding presence of the Triune God (Matthew 28:20; Psalm 91:2; Romans 8:32.
• The “cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) of men and women who prayed in faith and received marvellous answers from God scattered all over entire Scriptures.
If believers would meditate on the above facts, in respect of their Christian lives, they will develop themselves to be able to pray very effectively.
Further Reading (King James Version): Luke 11:1-13; 18:1-8; Matthew 6:1-15. Colossians 1:27; Revelations 3:20; I John 4:4;Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26; John 7:8,1; Psalm 119:11; Psalm 37:31; Luke 2:19; Matthew 28:20; Mark 11:22; Acts 7:25; Hebrews 12:1; 11:1-35.
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