Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life
Just a simple reminder…
There is little power in prayer instead the real power in prayer is the faith of the person praying and the Person to whom he or she is praying. Prayer is more than just putting together words to convince God or a need or needs, it’s stepping into the presence of God and opening ourselves up to the God who not only sees and provides but just as important listens too. There have been many, many books written on how to pray and what to for yet the greatest Prayer Book ever written is the Bible it is the ultimate prayer book and student resource book.
Perhaps the second greatest teacher (Jesus is number one) of prayer in the New Testament is the apostle Paul. One of his greatest lessons is found in chapter 4 of Philippians. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7, CSB)
The commentary in the NKJV Study Bible offers this insight into this mornings scripture. “Supplication is more than petitioning but suggests an intensity of earnestness in extended prayer—not to gain merit by many words, but to fully transfer the burden of one’s soul into God’s hands. Prayer and peace are closely connected. One who entrusts cares to Christ instead of fretting over them will experience the peace of God to guard him from nagging anxiety.”
“…not to gain merit by many words, but to fully transfer the burden of one’s soul into God’s hands,” this prayer at its best, it is why we prayer there’s where safer, no where more peaceful than locked in prayer with God. It doesn’t matter what storm or now many rage outside our heart/spirit/soul inside there will be a sense of peace that will defy all logic, “One who entrusts cares to Christ instead of fretting over them will experience the peace of God to guard him from nagging anxiety.”
Notice Paul puts rejoicing first, when we affix our focus on God with expectation, anticipation, and rejoicing in God who is intently listening to our pray, we experience the “soul warming” presence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One last lesson on prayer, perhaps one of the most important lessons, “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, CSB)
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…”(John 14:6)
Grace and PEACE,
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Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible and CSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.