1. God has shut up the heavens – So Pray!
2 Chr. 7:13-14
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2. Prayerlessness is Wickedness
I have listened attentively, but they do not say what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, saying, “What have I done?” Each pursues his own course like a horse charging into battle.
3. Are you like ‘Mary’ or like ‘Martha’?
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
4. Jesus NEEDED to Pray
Hebrews 5:7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
5. Why should I ‘wait’ for God?
God asked Moses to wait for the Pharaoh, because he was a king. Our willingness to wait for God, is a sign that we accept His reign in our lives.
15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning …Wait on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake.
6. Prayer is a Weapon of Warfare
Prayer forms part of the Armour of God described in Ephesians 6:10-18.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
7. Prayer is a Sacrifice
Most mornings when God wakes me up, I’d rather go back to sleep than to pray. Prayer is a sacrifice. It is an act of putting God before the desires o our body.
1 Peter 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ
God has called every Christian into His Priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices.
Romans 12:1 [ Living Sacrifices ] Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
In the above scripture Paul urges believers to offer our bodies as a sacrifice, in place of burnt offerings (Psalm 40:6). God requires us to give ourselves over wholly to Him, through our devotion to prayer (Colossians 4:2). Without prayer we cannot fulfil the requirements of God’s Spirit, because of the weakness of our flesh (Matt 26:41, Mark 14:38).
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