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The Privilege and Power of Prayer (part 6)

If we are going to have prevailing prayer it is going to happen as a result of what the Bible speaks of in Eph. 6:18 and Jude 20 - praying "in the Holy Ghost."

The Holy Spirit guides us in this area of prayer. He is the Spirit of wisdom (Isa. 11:2). We can go to God for wisdom. We don't even need to rely on our own wisdom. We can have God's wisdom. Indeed we desperately need His wisdom. How many Christians make a total mess of their lives simply because they don't think it's important to ask God for wisdom? The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of holiness (Rom. 1:4). We can pray for God's cleansing and forgiveness. Indeed we should pray for God to forgive us, we should confess our sins to Him (that means take His position against our very own selves and sin), and forsake our sin. To be holy simply means to be clean. Are you clean? There is a cleansing available through prayer and the Holy Spirit. We can have divine comfort through prayer a…

The Privilege and Power of Prayer (part 5)

II: The power of prayer:

Romans 8:26-27 "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

Notice our utmost helplessness in the area of prayer. Paul says, "we know not what we should pray for as we ought." He includes himself in that helplessness. There are many facets about prayer that we do know. For example, we know to pray to God the Father, through the name of His Only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit. But the matter or subject of prayer, the Bible plainly says: "we know not what we should pray for as we ought." How then may we pray? Who will help us in this vital area. The answer is in the text: it is the Holy Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit w…

The Privilege and Power of Prayer (part 4) - God Delights in Answering Prayers

In Deut. 4:29 we read "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." The heart is an important aspect of answered prayers. In fact, prayers can be described as a "heart-cry." Psalm 62:8 says "Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us. Selah" The Bible tells us that God is the one who searches our hearts (see 1 Chr. 28:9; Ps. 139:1, 23; Jer. 17:10; 1 Cor. 4:5; Heb. 4:12-13). Jesus describes the heart of those who say they are believers but in reality are not in Matt. 15:8, here Jesus gives us insight into their hearts, mind you only God can do this: "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me."

Our hearts play a very important role in prayer. If you are going to have a prevailing prayer life, it will have to come from a clean heart…

The Privilege and Power of Prayer (part 3)

God commands us to pray, this makes prayer our solemn duty. It can also be said that God invites us to pray, and this then becomes our privilege. Prayer is both our duty and privilege. Consider these verses:
Jeremiah 29:12-13 "Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

Jeremiah 33:3 "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

Psalms 91:15 "He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."

Psalms 145:18 "The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth."

Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he wil…