Wednesday, February 26, 2014

All Kinds of Prayer: Prayer of Faith

Prayer of Faith
Ephesians 6:18

Sunday was a great day in the Lord. It didn’t snow and we had a full house. It was good to have the children with us for part of our worship. This Sunday I will continue to look at, “Defining Moments: On the Way to the Cross.” Let’s anticipate a move of God’s Spirit on our lives, together.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. Always pray for all God’s people.  Ephesians 6:18 (NCV)

Paul is urging us to pray on all occasions (always). It is not just a suggestion. To grow in your relationship with God, prayer has to be the central part of your life. He goes on to say, “with all kinds of prayers.” To assist us to be victorious, God has given us various kinds of powerful prayer. Intercessory prayer was the focus of last week. This week we want to look at the prayer of faith.

Many times in the Psalms we see David disheartened and distraught at the beginning of a Psalm, but by the end of it he is trusting the Lord for his deliverance. A prayer of faith is knowing the heart of God so much that you pray His ways with the confidence that it will be done. Notice I said, “His ways.” This is a bold and faith-building prayer that totally trusts in God and His word. To pray with great faith we need to be immersed in the Word of God.

Read Psalm 31 and observe David’s prayer of faith. May your prayers be as forthright as his.

Lord, I trust in you; let me never be disgraced. Save me because you do what is right. Listen to me and save me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a strong city to save me. You are my rock and my protection. For the good of your name, lead me and guide me. Set me free from the trap they set for me, because you are my protection. I give you my life. Save me, Lord, God of truth. I hate those who worship false gods. I trust only in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in your love, because you saw my suffering; you knew my troubles.You have not handed me over to my enemies but have set me in a safe place. Lord, have mercy, because I am in misery. My eyes are weak from so much crying, and my whole being is tired from grief. 10 My life is ending in sadness, and my years are spent in crying. My troubles are using up my strength, and my bones are getting weaker. 11 Because of all my troubles, my enemies hate me, and even my neighbors look down on me. When my friends see me, they are afraid and run. 12 I am like a piece of a broken pot. I am forgotten as if I were dead. 13 I have heard many insults. Terror is all around me. They make plans against me and want to kill me. 14 Lord, I trust you. I have said, “You are my God.” 15 My life is in your hands. Save me from my enemies and from those who are chasing me. 16 Show your kindness to me, your servant. Save me because of your love. 17 Lord, I called to you, so do not let me be disgraced. Let the wicked be disgraced and lie silent in the grave. 18 With pride and hatred they speak against those who do right. So silence their lying lips. 19 How great is your goodness that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you have given to those who trust you. You do this for all to see. 20 You protect them by your presence from what people plan against them. You shelter them from evil words. 21 Praise the Lord. His love to me was wonderful when my city was attacked.22 In my distress, I said, “God cannot see me!” But you heard my prayer when I cried out to you for help.23 Love the Lord, all you who belong to Him. The Lord protects those who truly believe, but He punishes the proud as much as they have sinned. 24 All you who put your hope in the Lord be strong and brave.      — Psalm 31 (NCV)

Joy in Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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