The Prevailing CHRIST

The Prevailing CHRIST

 

 

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, while he prayed.

 

 

Mark 1:35

 

 

One of the remarkable highlights in the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth is his powerful prayer life. Prayer is a top priority in his ministry. His ministry is powered by his mighty prevailing prayers. He made no ostentatious display of His communion with the Father or of His intercession  but usually slipped away quietly to get alone in prayer. He arose very early to be able to intercede without interruptions.

We have known the agony of His prayer while He is travailing in Gethsemane. As it is written in Isaiah 53:12 ;  “He poured out his life unto death, and was numbered  with the trangressors. For he bore the sin  of many and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Jesus Christ is the intercessor-savior. Hebrews tells us, “During the days of Jesus life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears.” (5:7). Moses, Elijah. Isaiah and Daniel were all mighty in prevailing prayer but never such prevailing as that of Christ, the Son of Man, as He interceeded  on earth as our great High Priest.

There was never any human being  busier than our Lord  Jesus during His earthly ministry. Mark tells us of occasions  when He did not even have a time to eat.  On other  occasions  He did not take time to sleep. He was ministering by day, and people came for interviews at night, He was teaching, preaching, healing, journeying and blessing, but He withdrew alone to pray. It was probably during  those early morning  hours and all night hours when He could be more alone with the Father that He again and again prevailed with strong crying and tears. Christ tells  us how deeply and how often He longed to save Jerusalem.

E. M. Bounds wrote,  “His life crises were distinctly marked, His life victories all won in hours of importunate prayers.”

According to Thomas Payne,  “ His prayers were stronger than all forces of earth and hell together. It was to Him the real battlefield.”

His prayer brought great victories. He prayed and through Gethsemane agony He was able to bear the weight of the sins of the world.

Prevailing prayer was Jesus lifelong vocation. All that Christ accomplished during His earthly ministry was born in intercession, covered and saturated with intercession and empowered and anointed as a result of intercession.  Andrew Murray says,  “Every act of grace in Christ has been preceeded by and owes its power to intercession.”

Christ chose to minister primarily not through the power and attributes of His essential deity as Son of God, but rather as Son of Man. He chose to face life and Satan on the same level that we do. His baptism occurred as He prevailed  in prayer and the Holy Spirit came upon Him as He prayed.. No doubt that during His earlier years  in Nazareth prior to His public ministry, He had already been praying day after day as He worked in the carpenter’s shop, Prayer was very much part of all that He did. It was His very life and breath.

Jesus won His forty-day battle in the desert through prayer. He depended totally upon the power of the Holy Spirit just as you and I must do. Jesus prevailed daily in prayers. He could not live and minister without His prevailing prayers.

If we want to have victorious spiritual and ministerial lives, the prayer life of Jesus of Nazareth must be reflected in our lives. As it is written :” It is not by might nor by power but by my Spirit.’ The key to successful ministry is a life of  dedicated intercession  as revealed in the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

Christianity now is a great success. It is now worldwide and has impacted and transformed millions of lives. It continue to grow bigger as day passes by amidst great conflicts and persecutions. Theses are the evidences of Christ’s tireless intercession. For Christianity is not born of men, it is a work of God.

This hub is an excerpt from the book :

Mighty Prevailing Prayer  written by  Wesley  L. Duewel

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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Cristina, This is lovely! Marvelous insightful commentary on the significant importance of prayer. Prayer is a sacred time when we can commune with the Father in the presence His Holy Spirit. It is the spiritual conduit that keeps us connected! “If we want to have victorious spiritual and ministerial lives, the prayer life of Jesus of Nazareth must be reflected in our lives. As it is written :” It is not by might nor by power but by my Spirit.” Amen!

As always, Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

up and beautiful! Well written and defining article. Zechariah 4:6 is one of my favorite verses.

blessings...


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans it is great to read your comment here. I find it very encouraging.Thank you for taking time to read and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Thank you also for posting an additional input. The strength of our spiritual lives is dependent upon the power of our prayer life. Prayer is the main key for achieving great victories in our christian life. Remain blessed always and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi samsons1 it is great to hear from you again. Thanks for dropping by again and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Blessings and regards.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

cristina,

Yes, prayer is the real battlefield. Sometimes it's a battle just to pray. satan knows that if he can stop our prayer life, he'll be able to stop us period. Thanks for sharing.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Prayer can be your best friend! It is our weapon against the enemy, and our love for others. Great Hub cristina327! Voted-up! Hope to see you at my Hubs, God Bless!!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate Cristina, Amen! prayer is so important. I find myself in prayer many different times during my day, I am awakened with a Hymn playing in my mind, no not on a radio, or anything, Holy Spirit awakes me daily with a hymn. Then I find myself on the balcony to greet God into another day of my life serving him here on earth and aking Him to show me what I need to know as my day goes by. Three, Four, Six Eight times a day I might visit my balcony for God to instruct me as to what's next, and before I go to bed, one more time to the balcony just to say thanks and goodnight to my God.


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Emily40 5 years ago

Very Wonderful!! God Bless


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi lifeagte thanks for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes Prayer is a weapon of spiritual warfare and is a real battlefield. Daily we should strive hard to prevail in prayers to be victorious in our christian life.Blessings and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi drpastorcarlotta it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for taking time to read this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes I agree with you prayer is our best friend and one of God's best gifts to christianity. It is one of our major weapons of warfare in our spiritual lives. Blessings and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave Matthews thank you for appreciaitng this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Truly prayer is the key in living the supernatural life of the believer. This is the lifeblood of our christian life. Yes we must frequent as often God's throne of grace. Not only once a day we should pray but at least three or several times a day. Prayer is so important as breathing. Without it the light of our christian life will simply die. It is God's power that truly sustain our daily living. Blessings to you and your wife. Best regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Emily40 thanks fordropping by and appreciatng this hub. Blessings always to you and regards.


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

I've been away from hubpages for a while. This was a nice new beginning for me. Andrew Murray is not often quoted these days, but he is one of my very favorite writers. His words impact lives nearly 100 years after he has gone to be with our Father. The tone of his writings show a devotion that is unlike what I read from contemporary authors. Not saying that modern authors lack devotion, just that as I read his books, it is like reading something that was written by the apostle Paul himself.

Jesus said I only do what I see my Father doing. I believe prayer is a lot like getting on the same page as our Father. Caring as deeply as He cares. Knowing that He is able and willing. Showing our own depth of emotions for the things He wishes. I don't want to pray bare naked words without emotion. I want to care deeply about that which our Father cares deeply about. I want my prayers to be filled with groanings that words cannot express. God help me.

God bless you Cristina for a very timely message.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi fred allen it is great to hear from you again. Well A blessed New Year to you. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes Andrew Murray is a great man of God and indeed a man of prayer. Prayer is one of God's greatest gifts to the church and we should make the most of it. Prevailing prayers must be greatly observed by true followers of Christ In prevailing in prayers, we are reigning with Christ. Blessings and regards.


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noturningback 5 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

Praying more and more often it seems, must remember at least for myself to allow the prayers to be answered through God's will and not my own.

I have difficulty in doing this sometimes because of the bombardment of unfruitful thoughts. I had avery good day today and that is how I perceive prayer. Day by day and as fred pointed out, intercession by the Spirit is always beneficial.

Thanks for posting, this is what happened to me at work today. Prayer, it just happens.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi no turning back it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for visiting and appreciating this hub. Your visit is much appreciated. We have to prevail daily in prayers to be a victorious christian. This is the true source of spiritual power. Blessings and regards.

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