Thursday, January 24, 2019
2. Growing in Prayer – (a)The Learning Tree - Prayer
14 This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him. – I John 5:14-15
We have prayed this scripture in our prayers so many times through the years. We share the footnote from this scripture. 1 John 5:14
Many years ago, I read this quote: “You cannot take people where you have never been”. So, in this vein of thinking, we want to share with you our journey “Growing in Prayer. This study covers a period of many years finally committed to paper and we took every painful and exhilarating step of this journey.
Through our prayer studies, we found amid the above quoted scripture and, as God often does, it was given to us at the point of understanding. It doesn’t matter the words we say, how we say them, the place, the time, etc., it is, and this is important: Do we pray in God’s Will? The only way to know God's Will is through His Word.
Even though we prayed most all our lives, and even though we should have been teachers, we felt like “Babes” in the power prayer. What makes prayer?? Jesus set prayer at the heart of Christian living. But something was missing in our prayers. What was missing?
We have called ourselves Christians all our life. We grew up in Christian homes, followed that example with our children, taught them and tried to live prayerfully in God’s Will. To be perfectly truthful many times, we failed to walk the path God purposed for us. We made our own choices instead of seeking HIS will. It is when we realized, allowed our perceptions to see reality, and truth tugged at our hearts; we began to see our failures, choices, decisions and “busyness”. We had reached the point in our life that we wanted more in our relationship with God. We wanted a closer, more intimate relationship with HIM. Because we were seeking, God opened our ears; and we could hear His call to a deeper and higher spiritual relationship with Him through prayer.
We had prayed for years and God heard our prayers; He heard the voice of His sheep. He answered prayers, said wait with some and said no to others. In this moment of time we felt God was revealing to us there is greater power in prayer. We began to seek new depths and greater heights as Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:18. We felt the love of God mightily and His presence through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49), teaching us patiently as we began to take the knowledge of his Word and it became understanding in our hearts.
Can we be more effective in our prayer life so that we can see truth as Christ promised in John 16:13? Larry Lea in a study article says, “When the pulse is steady and the body exercised in this practice (prayer), every other facet of life flow with health as the individual is fed by God’s Word. Yet prayer is a puzzle to some who think it too mystical and a problem for others who find the habit hard to establish.”
Join us with our continuing Blog as we share this journey with each of you. Prayer is essential to our daily life. We believe God hears our “cookie cutter” prayers, but we also believe that God’s power is released through prayer, Holy Spirit power beyond what we could generate.
Questions and comments are appreciated.
 Foot Note to Scripture, Bible Gateway.com, AMP Translation
 Larry Lea, B.A., M.Div., D.D.; Study Article, “Prayer and Spiritual Attainment”