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Prayer That Will Move Heaven
This hub is taken from a Prayer Seminar I did a few years ago and I believe we can glean some good teaching from it. This hub is designed to help us realize that we have a wonderful loving Heavenly Father who desires to have a personal relationship with us. This powerful being states in his word that he will with-hold no good thing from his children and even now has just spoke in my spirit that it is his good pleasure to give us his kingdom.
Somewhere behind this universe, there is an awesome all knowing, all powerful God who is seated on his throne where he oversees his creation. His word clearly states that he has had a plan for mankind before he made the first man Adam from the dust of the Earth. The Lord God spoke everything into existence but knelt down and carefully molded the first man from the clay of the Earth.
Since the beginning of time, this wonderful creator has shown that he desires to have a personal relationship and fellowship with his people which were created in his image and likeness. Our relationship and trust is not in some unknown Spiritual Force, Saint, or Angel but in a real live being who loved us enough to step into history and give his life for his greatest creation which was under a curse from the fall of Adam.
This curse took place in the garden of Eden when Adam and his wife Eve disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge and evil. They were told the penalty for breaking this law would be death. In breaking this commandment, they gave in to Satan's lie and deception that God would not kill them but their eyes would be opened and they would be like God causing Eve to entertain the thought that God was holding back on them. Because Adam was given dominion of the Earth, their actions caused all of creation to be placed under a curse. Adam willfully disobeyed God, and forfeited that delegated dominion to Satan. Their willful act of breaking God's law allowed sin to enter the human race bringing with it the penalty of death.
In the fullness of time, God became a man and stepped into history to pay this sin debt and die for us. The debt called for a man perfect like Adam with pure blood must die to redeem man from this curse but God who is perfect in all his ways could not make another man from a Earth that is under a curse. He bore our Earthly nature and gave his Earthly life so that one day we may bear his Heavenly nature. The way for man to get back to God was restored through his death, burial and resurrection. This fellowship is now available to all who receive this wonderful news and Prayer is the gracious gift that allows us to walk into his presence and fellowship with him as our Father.
The Source of Prayer
Psalms 24: 3-5
Who may ascend the hill of God and stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart; one who has searched their heart and received cleansing; This person then is able to hear and receive! We must approach God with worship and adoration for who he is and what he has done. He is sovereign and does not depend on what is created to sustain him but all creation is dependent upon him.
God is Holy in character, deed and is not bound by space and time. This is what distinguishes and separates him from all other created things. God has granted us the gift of prayer to enter into his divine presence and discover that not only is he seated on his throne in Heaven with his Angelic host but his Spirit is also here on Earth with us. This revelation awakens something like a deep voice within saying this world is not our true home.
Prayer causes us to realize that there are more around us than we are able to actually see and because of circumstances involved, it may take some time before we see physical results. We need to receive revelation that God sees all and is looking at people around us and what affect our answered prayers will have on them. Prayer is the means to satisfy our desire to know him who delivered us from sin giving us a deeper desire to be in his presence and commune with him.
The Model Prayer
We find the Lord in this chapter instructing his disciples concerning the proper way to pray and approach God? Some people refer to this passage of scripture in Matthew as the lord's prayer."
Here we find the preacher of all preachers standing over looking the Sea of Galilee instructing his disciples concerning the right way to pray and approach God. He instructed his disciples to take their prayer life serious and not exploit themselves like the heathen who love to pray in public and be known for their educated words but enter into their closet and pray in secret. He encouraged them that their Father who sees in secret would reward them openly. He began his prayer by addressing God as Our Father. It was not uncommon for Kings in the middle east to be addressed or called the Father of their people. History reveals that many times George Washington was called the Father of America. When we like Jesus address God as our Father, we are identifying ourselves as being the children of the King and in so doing we are confessing that he is our sovereign Lord.
This is a Kingdom prayer.
In this prayer we are not only praying for a time he has set in the future when his son will sit on his throne here on Earth and reign in righteousness but we are making a statement that we acknowledge his right to rule over all people including us. God has a Kingdom and that Kingdom is now at work in our lives. It is an established Kingdom where Satan has been defeated and Jesus has been seated above all where he rules as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Jesus delegated this Authority given unto him by the Father to his church which is his body. We as his children need to realize the Authority delegated unto us and direct our prayers asking God to mold us to become one unified body doing his will even as it is already being done in Heaven. When we pray the words Hallowed be thy name, we enter a new level of respect for God and reverence for his person. We are giving into to his will and call upon our life by placing him on the throne of our heart even as he sits on his throne in heaven. We are expressing unto him that we have a burning desire for our lives to reveal his love and his character to a lost and hurting world. We do this our everyday life both in private and in public which is played out by our actions. When we pray this prayer, we come to the place where we are not asking him to change his will or even bless our will but we are asking him to bring us to the discover his will for our life and cause us to walk in the fullness of it. Once we discover his will and purpose for our life, we need to show forth an effort to do it with all our might. This will show him that we are maturing in our new walk and that we are in total submission to him as stated in Romans 12 verse two which calls for us to submit to the good and acceptable will of God which is our reasonable service.
The Serenity of Prayer
God expresses in Psalms 68 of his Holy word that he is a Father to the Fatherless. Some like myself bear the memory of a rough childhood with an abusive father who showed very little love toward his family. I never got to hear the words "Son, I am proud of You" My Father was always telling me "I would never amount to nothing" and acted as if he were in competition with me". Unlike an Earthly Father, our Heavenly Father desires to develop a loving relationship with us and clearly shows in his word the true characteristics of what a real Father should be. God's word declares that he possesses a Fathers Heart, A Fathers Love, A Fathers Strength and A Fathers Concern for his people. He desires for us to maintain a family relationship with him and even though he already knows our needs, he wants us to come to him trusting and believing that he is able to meet them. Because we are members of his family he wants us to ask him for what he already longs to give us. Our prayer life prepares and enables us to enter in to his presence that we may receive instruction and blessings. Sometimes we just need to come to him and unburden our-selves and know that he will always make time for us.
Galations 4:6 And because you are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts crying Abba Father!
How we approach God and what we are willing to ask him for will reflect how we view him! Do we view him as one that works on a merit system that requires us to satisfy some demand to gain his favor like other religions or do we approach him as a loving Father who loves his children? We tend sometimes to make our requests in accordance to what we understand about his character. How does a child who has an abusive father approach their father? What will they ask for and how will they approach them? Will they be fearful that he may burst into an emotion uproar? Are we as God's children approaching him with fear with the thought that he is waiting for us to fail or can we approach him as the model Father full of compassion and love who is determined to bring us to a good end. James 4:2 states that we have not because we ask not and we are expected to ask him for the things he has promised.
If God gave u the reader a blank check, how would you fill it out? Would you use it to better yourself or would you use it to help others and advance the Kingdom of God? One thing we must recognize is that timing is everything in the Kingdom of God. We must not be praying a one sided prayer but stay in his presence and allow him time to place his burden in our heart. We must realize that he is all knowing and looking at everything and everyone around us that will be affected by our prayers. We need daily strength to continue this journey. What we had yesterday is not sufficient to face what we may encounter today. When we come before him and express our needs, we need to recognize that he instructed us to ask because he is concerned. We stand with confidence knowing that our God is able to answer our prayer and meet our needs. The Lord linked the word (and) in the phrase between asking for daily bread and asking for daily forgiveness. Because we do not know what dangers we may encounter, we need God's protection to cover and protect us therefore we are told to pray "deliver us from evil"? We as his children need to discover in his word that all temptations must have his approval before they can be sent against us. Let us come boldly unto God and make our request with confidence and humility remembering his word in Hebrews 11:6 that states "without faith, it is impossible to please him". God has extended his grace unto us that we can come boldly unto him with praise and thanksgiving in our heart for we are his children.
Seeking His Will
God desires for us to have a personal intimate relationship with him and we do this by having a conditioned prayer life. When we seek the Lord in prayer, we are entering a higher level of intimacy such as seeking his presence and glory. We might be asking and seeking for direction or simply asking for his will be done in our life instead of us asking him to bless our will and plans. It is getting beyond our will and seeking his divine guidance in a situation and allowing him complete control in our life.
Jeremiah 29 verse 13 states that if we seek him with our whole heart, we shall find him.
Hebrews 11 vers 6 states that God will reward those that diligently seek him.
We read earlier in the Lord's prayer that the disciples were learning the proper way to pray and were told to not pray out loud in public but to enter their closet and shut the door. God cannot place things in our hand until he first prepares our heart to receive and know that he can trust us with the answer. Instead of him becoming apart of our lives, God desires for us to become apart of him and the plan he has. We need to seek him for wise council and be an influence to the world around us and not allow the world to influence us. Even the Lord himself told us to seek first the Kingdom of heaven and all other things will be added unto us however our blessings and needs should never take precedence to seeking the King. This walk of faith needs a strong prayer life and prayer sometimes needs fasting for its perfect development.
Results of Prayer
Duncan Campbell [Evangelist Hebrides revival in 1949] related an account of the days leading up to the revival. It was during the week-night prayer meeting that God visited the church in a mighty way.There had been bitter opposition to the Gospel in the village, and although many attended the meetings from other areas, very few locals attended. A church leader suggested they should go to prayer, and thirty or so moved into the home of a friendly farmer. Prayer was hard, and about midnight Duncan Campbell turned to the local blacksmith who had been silent so far and said, ‘I feel the time has come when you ought to pray.’ The man prayed for about half an hour, because in revival, time doesn’t matter, and then drew his prayer to a close with a bold challenge? God I am asking you to realize that your honor is at stake? God in your word you promised to pour floods on dry ground, and you are not doing it.’ He paused for a while and then concluded stating, God again I state that your honor is at stake, and I challenge You to keep Your covenant promises. Without warning the granite house where they were gathered began to shake like a leaf. One elder thought it was an earth tremor? Duncan Campbell stated that he was reminded of Acts 4:31: ‘After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. Duncan Campbell pronounced the benediction and everyone went outside. It was about two o’clock in the morning and they found the whole village alive, ablaze with God. Men and women were carrying chairs and asking if there was room in the church for them!
As God’s children we have a choice between effectual praying and excuses. Too often we take the easy, human way out as we offer excuses for our failure in touching God.
1. We are tired.
2. We don’t have time to pray or we get sleepy trying to read his word.
3. We love to point out the coldness or problems in our church family, or the day in which we live as reasons to neglect our prayer life.
Could we be safe in saying that "our cupboard is bare"?
Ole Mother Hubbard went to the cub bard to fetch Rover a bone but when she got there the cupboard was bare and Ole Rover never got none! Has coldness taken over and apostasy began to sit in dulling our sensitivity to hearing the voice of God?
We have too many gods of this world which could be our job, car, religion, spouse etc. that we allow to consume our time and energy. Continuing in the life that which we know to be sin will definitely prevent us from praying through to God
Isaiah said to God’s people, "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear" (Isa. 59:2).
If Elijah were here he would call out, "How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if Baal, then follow him" (1 Kgs. 18:21).
God says to those hungry to see the fire of God descend upon His Church today, "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart"
(Jer. 29:13). In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ says, "Ask, and it shall be given you…." (7:7).
When we really mean business with God, we will find that real praying is work. Satan will fight every effort we make to touch the throne of God. There is a price to pay – that of perhaps long hours, sleepless nights, heart searching and possible "housecleaning" (Psalms. 66:18).
Prayer means denying self and perhaps putting aside the things we like and want to do, to give God time to implant His burden in our hearts. It is here that victory comes as we begin to fully obey the Spirit’s promptings, so that we are ready to allow the Holy Spirit take control. The old masters of the pulpit got their texts on their knees, soaked them with their tears, groaned over them with a travailing spirit, and warmed them with sincere prayer. The masters then were able to deliver the message as a living thing, warm from God’s heart, burning in the preacher’s heart to make warm the heart of the listeners. The truth of the matter is if we preach from the head, we will reach their head but if we preach from the heart, we will reach their heart and dear reader please know that when it comes to ministering to God's people, there is no substitute for prayer.
We cannot tell this fast paced half stepping generation with their indoctrinated progressive intellects what our God can do for they will shrug us off. Dear reader if we are going to see results and turn this nation around, we must live and demonstrate the Gospel to a lost and hurting world!