The Power & Place of Prayer
Clearly, prayer operates with a designed purpose and order; however, what good is accomplished if prayer is not accompanied by "follow-through"? For prayer to be supported by progressive action, the church in American must start taking the power and place of prayer seriously and strategically. If prayer is abandoned, then calling is compromised. If calling is compromised, then function withers into motions. And if there is one fear I will not tolerate, it is the fear of settling and being satisfied (h).
Let’s consider the athlete. An athlete cannot perform as effectively without specific warm-ups relative to the sport. As the warm-up relaxes the muscle and increases flexibility, the functions of the athlete become enhanced. Essentially, the warm-up boosts performance and amplifies the follow through.
I bid farewell with a final charge: pump up the prayer! Believe in the Christ-filled victories that will come as He reinforces your spiritual stamina. Do not be afraid to serve the Lord with prayer that doesn’t quitj. God’s love is a downpour, and though we are mere mists, we can still relish joy of communing AND communicating with Him! The next time you dive into the Word, remember you are exercising every fiber of your heart, mind, soul and strength towards the perfection of God’s will. He never lets go, so why not do the same?
a. Psalm 45:1-2
b. Jactitation, brag, vaunt, fanfaronade
c. Psalm 45:2
d. Second favorite Owl City song
e. Damascus interventions can be premiere blessings
f. Brian Reagan at his finest
g. Thank you, James Goll
h. http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7872378989454369912#editor/target=post;postID=1556872860140337259 (Originally written on July 21, 2008)
i. For a homemade solution, try white vinegar, salt and dishwashing liquid
j. See 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Romans 1:9, Psalm 35:15
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