Tuesday, February 12, 2019

5. Growing in Prayer – (d)The Learning Tree - Prayer

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  I Thessalonians 5:16-18

As we continue on with our journey in prayer, we found the Scripture of Isaiah 58, especially verses 9-11 a “light bulb moment”, a revelation into the grace of God.  Through the study of this scripture and Dr. Darnell’s sermon, we experienced God.  In that experience we were given a heart of prayer.  We knew HIS joy!  But we also realized we, as a couple, would be spending the rest of our life on this journey we had undertaken to reach the understanding that is Christ’s prayer for us.  Christ’s main concern was that we become one with each other and one in Him as He is one with the Father (John 17:23).  We came to understand oneness is magnified through the power of prayer.  This oneness in our marriage gained through prayer is the golden nugget fired and purified into God’s purpose for a man and a woman joined in holy oneness.

It is for each one to choose their journey, engaging in their own study (not just reading God’s Word but the study of God’s Word).  Individually developing a prayer life that is strong in the Holy Spirit and strong in effectiveness to reach the promises of Jesus.  To gain a relationship, oneness, with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit Who gives power we could not generate.  "The idea of prayer is not in order to get answers from God; prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God. If we pray because we want answers, we will get huffed with God.[1]

We concluded that as a Christian grows to new Spiritual levels and experiences with God, it is new awakening to God’s truth.  It all begins with seeking to understand prayer. We can have intellectual knowledge, but it is the understanding of the heart that we experience God.  It is in this experience that we grow in the very essence of prayer.  We become a sweet-smelling aroma of Christ Jesus to our Heavenly Father -- The fragrance of love!

Through our studies, we have the understanding, we need the power of the Holy Spirit.  Without the power of the Holy Spirit we can do nothing.  “The Holy Spirit is the Person and the Power by which assistance and ability are given for serving.”[2]
  • Grow in our Faith through the power of God’s Word;
  • Change our atmosphere by spending precious time with our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Grow in Understanding of the heart rather than establish rules for effective prayer;
  • Grow in Confidence;
  • And, probably the very most important, Pray in God’s Will.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, growing in prayer is a process, there are principles -- spiritual dimensions, a theology and as you grow in prayer one grows in sanctification.  Your atmosphere changes, transformation takes place.  This journey is one step at a time.

[1] Oswald Chambers, “His Utmost for His Highest”
[2] Jack W. Hayford, B.A., B.A., B.Th., D.D., Litt.D.

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