Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Power of Prayer


“But Jesus Often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”.Luke 5:16
Praise be to GOD. When we read the Gospel it is mentioned Jesus went to solitary place and prayed. Many a times in a believer's life the purpose of prayer is not manifested. You may wonder and think it is not me because I'm Praying. But friends,today lets focus on the prayer how Jesus did while he was on earth and analyze ourselves about the Prayer that we do.
Let me ask few things . Tell me why do we Pray?In daily life what is your Prayer request to GOD?Well to be frank many of our Prayers will be focused on materialistic things. Majority of the Prayer time we would be asking GOD to satisfy our monetary needs,emotional needs and to solve the problems that we face.But the verse clearly says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you I Peter 5:7” .Then why do we have to worry about the worldly things.

The very purpose that we have been called by GOD is to Trust Him completely. Do not think or worry about the things of this world. As Jesus said “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”.Mathew 6:33.For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do Eph 2:10.Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
So lets us understand the purpose of our life or calling that we have in GOD.Lets look on how our prayers should be.Jesus clearly said “Not everyone who says to me,'Lord,Lord,will enter the kingdom of heaven,but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”Mathew 7:22.Yes that's absolutely true we should deny ourselves to take the cross and to follow him.we should be ready to do His will and that's not an easy task.So how to overcome and to fulfill the will of GOD?.You may say that I'm weak so as to walk in christ or you may even say its a very difficult path.But as the verse says “ For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin Heb 4:15.
Jesus has also been tempted by the evil and even He had undergone so much of Pain and overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Jesus prayed, “Father everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.” But above all that he has undergone He was submissive to HIS Father's will.As Jesus said “Yet not what I will but what you will”.How Jesus was able to fullfill Father's will?.The Prayers that He made to Father in Heaven strengthened Him to do HIS will.He didnt Prayed for any worldly things rather HE prayed to GOD to let HIS will be done.
Dear Friends,let us learn to understand the Gospel that Jesus has for us and lets walk in spirit which GOD had ordained for us.God Bless You!
Jesus said "If any-one would come after me,he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it" Mathew 16:24,25
In Christ Alone
Justina Stephen

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