Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL
February 13, 2017
Ephesians 6:18 “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” (NKJV)
Prayer must continue in our lives regardless of our current circumstances and situation. We need to realize and accept that every person has ups and downs – we all have good days and bad days. It is easy to pray on the up days, but it is not so easily done on the down days. Oddly enough, we often ‘forget’ to pray on the good days when those prayers are exactly the ones we need to prepare us and help us through tough times. Let’s make the decision to grow in our prayer lives this year.
Regarding prayer, here are some lessons from King David:
1 Samuel 30:6 “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.” (NKJV)
In this verse, we see King David going from being a beloved leader to a despised leader in minutes! You know you are having a horrible day when those closest to you turn against you. However, David did not allow his current situation and circumstances deter him from praying and seeking the Lord. Instead, David went to the Lord in the midst of his troubles, and we can learn a few things from King David.
1. David encouraged himself in the Lord!
King David prayed and sought God, and he did not let his feelings affect his prayer life. Baby Christians often make decisions based on feelings; mature Christians make decisions based on spiritual disciplines. Whether you are a new Christian or have been with the Lord for a long time, we can all take a moment to remind ourselves to go to the Lord.
2. Go to God no matter how you feel.
In prayer, we must be honest and transparent speaking from the heart. Our prayers do not have to be perfect! King David poured his heart and his feelings out to the Lord, but he never forgot God’s principles and promises. We should not allow fearful moments or feelings of hurt and past wounds to control our prayer life!
3. Listen and respond to God’s answer.
Do not wait! Respond when God speaks as obedience is key to life’s victories. When you take the first step of faith, God will give you the second one. The primary ways God communicates to us is through prayer and in His Word through the Bible. If you feel as if you are not hearing from the Lord and are not making it a habit to seek the Lord through prayer and through His Word, make a change today and do so!
We need to win the battles on the inside before gaining victory on the outside and these victories start in prayer. While we cannot control what others do, we can control what we do! So, choose today to renew a sense of purposeful and intentional prayer today.
Proverbs 16:32 “It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.” (GNB)
Christ-centered for Life,