Prayer: The First Line of Defense

Prayer: The First Line of Defense
Prayer: The First Line of Defense

Ladies, do you really believe that prayers can change things?

If you’ve accepted Christ into your hearts, then you are well aware that He died for your sins in order to give you eternal life. But still, we grow weary and turn to “prayers” as our last resort as a solution to a problem.

But PRAYER needs to be our first response to everything.

The Word of God is clear- He does not withhold a single thing from His children whose walk is blameless (Romans 8:32; Psalm 84:11), and He is never too busy to listen to your cry or request (Psalm 34:15).

If you’ve never prayed to the Lord before, let me tell you…He has heard your cry and He is your only refuge in times of trouble! (Psalm 46:1).

No matter where you are or what you’ve done, it doesn’t stop God from coming to your rescue. He can hear even a faint whisper, and He knows what you need before you even ask (Matthew 6:8b).

Therefore do not fear; Be still and know He is God! (Psalm 46: 2, 10)

If you can say you always put everything in prayers, great! But are you still worried about the outcome? Do you still feel uneasy?

If we pray right, we would feel at peace even if the world is falling apart around us, because we know that we are safe in His arms!

Philippians 4:6-7

“6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Often times, we pray because we have problems and concerns, which I’m sure are valid, as we are living in the last days. But we have so much to be thankful for. The fact that you’re reading this blog, shows how much God loves you and wants to reach out to you. There are so many people all over the world who haven’t experienced the love of Christ yet, and it is a true privilege to know Christ.

Prayer doesn’t have to be formal, memorized or repeated from a book…it’s your private conversation with God. He is ready to take you out of a situation or mess, and He is quick to forgive if we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).

He is not there to judge or condemn you…if this was so, He would not have died for you!

 Jesus gave us the ultimate Prayer Guideline (Matthew 6:9-15).

This checklist will tell you if you really are praying right:

 Exalt and bring honour to His Name first (verse 9)

  • Focus on His Kingdom above all else (verse 10)
  • Ask for His will to be done on earth, as it is in Heaven (verse 10)
  • Ask for Him to fulfill your needs (i.e. life’s essentials – spiritual and physical)   (verse 11)
  • Ask for forgiveness, as you also completely forgive those who have hurt you or have done wrong to you. (verse 12)
  • Ask for His Holy Spirit to live in you so you can resist temptation and stay clear of Satan’s schemes. (verse 13)

Start your prayers by honouring and thanking Him for all that He is. Remember to always ask according to His will and focus on things above (1 John 5:14-15). The prayers of a righteous person is always heard and answered (James 5:16).

If you do not release those who hurt you and continue to harbor anger in your hearts, you’re not praying right! (Matthew 6:14-15)

Remember, you’re praying to an ALL-KNOWING God, He knows if you’re harboring unforgiveness in your heart.

In fact, we lose the blessings God has for us, the moment we choose not to forgive.

I have seen how much God has blessed me and opened doors in my life, the moment I released people who had hurt me countless times. Even though they hurt me so many times, it did not justify my reasoning to be resentful. In the same way, the Lord wants you to forgive others (and yourself) for your own benefit.

Let it Go! …and you will see prayers answered in the name of Jesus!

Reflection:

Are you living a life that pleases God? Are your prayers kingdom-focused?

If you feel you lived a life that God wouldn’t be proud of, now is the time to confess your sins and allow Him to take over your life. He is a merciful God and He is waiting for you to receive Him in your heart.

God is a good and giving God! He knows what you need!
Trust in Him and His timing…and don’t forget to Pray RIGHT! 🙂

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

AMEN 🙂

 

-Rebecca Ravindran

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