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Place a Priority on Prayer

Paul Foslien, Senior Pastor, Living Word Family Church, Naples, FL

January 30, 2017

Prayer is a very important aspect of a Christian’s life and should be a part of your every day. However, many people have questions about prayer and do not understand when, where, or how to pray. We can find the answers to these concerns easily – simply open up your Bible and read the Word of God. Sometimes we go far and wide in search of answers in our lives when the answers are revealed to us in the Word of God if we would read it and go the Lord. So, what does the Bible say about prayer? In Nehemiah, who was an Old Testament prophet, the Bible teaches us to place a priority on prayer.

1. Prayer is a PRIORITY.

Nehemiah 1:4 “When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.” (NLT)

2. Prayer is CONTINUAL.

Daniel 10:12-13 “Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. (13) But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.” (NLT)

3. Prayer is a HEART commitment.

Nehemiah 1:4 “When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.” (NLT)

4. Prayer brings FOCUS on God.

Nehemiah 1:5 “Then I said, “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps His covenant of unfailing love with those who love Him and obey His commands…”” (NLT)

When we do not feel adequate because of the size of our problem, prayer reminds us how BIG God is.

5. Prayer requires HONESTY and TRANSPARENCY.

Nehemiah 1:6-7 “Listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for Your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against You. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! (7) We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that You gave us through Your servant Moses.” (NLT)

Prayer is a time to be open and honest with God; He knows your heart.

6. Prayer is a reminder of God’s PROMISES.

Nehemiah 1:8-9 “Please remember what You told Your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to Me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to Me and obey My commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for My name to be honored.” (NLT)

7. Prayer is sharing your NEEDS

Nehemiah 1:10-11 “The people You rescued by Your great power and strong hand are Your servants. (11) O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring You. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.” (NLT)

Prayer is your opportunity to honestly and openly talk to God; He knows your heart. Never stop your prayer life even if it seems like God is indifferent or not listening! We also must be careful to not put God in a box by asking God to change a situation but not giving Him the permission to change you as prayer often changes us more than our problems. Let us focus on placing a priority on prayer as it helps us handle the problems of life!

When life is not going as planned, we should get on our knees first to pray and not as a last resort.

Christ-centered for Life,

Pastor Paul

 

2 Comments

  1. Lily

    Yes, when a change pops up on the road, that’s our cue to immediately remember, the lights and sirens are directly behind! …meaning, whatever is a surprise to us, is no surprise to the Lord. He is immediately able to direct us through the new event. How foolish would it be for us to run in a panic?! It might be a detour, or a way to charge right into whatever it is that has surprised us! Might be good – might be scary. One thing we know: As my daughter used to say: “God’s got it!”

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  2. Bill B

    Thank you Pastor. I like the comment “… prayer often changes us more than our problems.”

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