Friday, June 14, 2019

Prayer Provides Laborers

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“The Lord frequently taught His disciples that they must pray, and how; but seldom what to pray. This he left to their sense of need, and the leading of the Spirit. But here we have one thing He expressly enjoins them to remember: in view of the plenteous harvest, and the need of reapers, they must cry to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers.


Strange, is it not, that He should ask His disciples to pray for this? And could He not pray Himself? And would not one prayer of His avail more than a thousand of theirs? And God, the Lord of the harvest, did He not see the need? And would not He, in His own good time, send forth laborers without their prayer? Such questions lead us up to the deepest mysteries of prayer, and its power in the Kingdom of God. The answer to such questions will convince us that prayer is indeed a power, on which the ingathering of the harvest and the coming of the Kingdom do in very truth depend."

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 63.



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Because of His Importunity in Intercession

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5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. Luke 11:5–8 (KJV)
This example of prayer is not teaching that we must pray until we have wearied God! Our Father does not tire from our prayers else He would not have told us to pray without ceasing.

One lesson here is that we are to pray earnestly in intercession for others. “a friend … has come to me.” It is a holy thing for us to join in prayer as Christ intercedes for us so we intercede for those He places on our hearts. A second lesson is that intercessory prayer is “part of faith’s training-school. There our friendship with men and with God is tested. There it is seen whether my friendship with the needy is so real, that I will take time and sacrifice my rest, will go even at midnight and not cease until I have obtained for them what I need. There it is seen whether my friendship with God is so clear, that I can depend on Him not to turn me away and therefore pray on until He gives.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 59.



Wednesday, June 12, 2019

How Much More? Part 2

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13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13 (KJV)

The Holy Spirit. He is the first gift. All the other good and perfect gifts come through Him. The gifts of the Spirit, the Fruit of the Spirit, and all that God gives are provided in His timing and purpose. He leads us in all things, teaches us all things, fills us with Himself. Thank you Lord for the indwelling of You. Christ in us, the hope of glory!

The goal of a father is to produce his own disposition and character in his children. This is not about making them clones but about making them safe, well, prosperous, successful, and meaningful in their life and times. If we know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our Heavenly Father instill Himself in us! What better gift could He give then to imbed His own heart and soul in His children? This is the working of His Holy Spirit, the seal of our salvation, the earnest of our belonging to His Forever Family.

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph 1:12–14

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph 4:30

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

How Much More?

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9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matt 7:9–11 (KJV)

I often remember the love of my mom and dad, as they are now gone to the Lord. We laughed and played often. They gave me the best they had in everything. Neither was perfect but neither was I! But this morning I look above them and see Our Father in scripture, in Heaven, and in above all places, my own heart. He is perfect and gives every good and perfect gift. How much more is His love, perfection, generosity, and grace!

Now the question is not whether we agree with scripture in identifying God as our Father. The question is do we identify ourselves as His children. Do we embrace not just the concept of God’s Forever Family, but do we embrace our Father who art in Heaven?

No parent or child on this earth is perfect. But Our Father, Abba Father! He is the Lord God Almighty, holy, who loves consistently, unconditionally, and unreservedly. God is love. He is the One we go to when we pray. Is He your Father?

Lord teach us to pray.



Monday, June 10, 2019

The Certainty of the Answer to Prayer

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7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matt 7:7–8 (KJV)

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:3

It is a fundamental truth that our Father hears and will answer our prayers. To ask for a gift is to receive a gift unless we ask amiss. To seek, is to seek the Father of every good and perfect gift. To knock is to enter into His presence abiding in Him as He abides in us.

Ask and you
shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Believing prayer believes that when God says, “shall” it is sure, it is not a “definite maybe” it is absolute.

God’s answer to our prayer may be “yes,” “not now-wait,” or “no,” but God will answer our prayers. If He says, “no” we have asked amiss. If He says, “wait” He has a sovereign reason. Trust Him. Our Father knows best.




Friday, June 7, 2019

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6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:6 (KJV)

If God is everywhere all the time, why do we need a prayer closet? It is because we need a quiet time where we are alone with Our Father. We need regular times, daily times when we are shut out from the world and the routines of life that we might partake of the eternal and everlasting.

God will answer all prayers, but He relishes the time spent with Him in the prayer closet. It is an inner sanction.

He rewards openly those who come to him secretly. This is not about our glory; it is about His. The shekinah glory of God shines in the face and the life of those who seek Him in the quiet place. Moses came down from the mountain and the could in his shining face that he had been with Almighty God.

Find your special time and your quiet place. It is a blessed thing to do.

Lord, teach us to pray.



Thursday, June 6, 2019

Worship in Spirit and Truth Part 2


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19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:19–24 (KJV)


Yesterday we focused on worshipping in Spirit which means we are free to worship anywhere at an anytime. Worship is not so much about a place as it is the ability to enjoy God’s presence all the time everywhere. Thus, we are able to pray without ceasing.

True worship takes place when our spirit is in agreement with God’s Spirit. If we pray in the name of Jesus, we are to pray in agreement with His Lordship. Every prayer is one in which we are agreeing, “not my will but thy will be done.”

When we worship in Spirit and in Truth we worship everywhere, all the time, and agree with God in everything.



Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Worship in Spirit and in Truth19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:19–24 (KJV)

If prayer is anything, it is an attitude and activity of worship. It must take place in Spirit and in truth. The woman at the well spoke of how the Jews (who knew the truth) went to the Temple in Jerusalem to worship. Another worship place what “this mountain” where she and other Gentiles came to worship.

But Jesus was bringing about a new form of worship. God is a Spirit; He is not limited to time and space. Those who worship Him need a born-again Spirit, so they are not limited to worship in a particular time and space.

Have you been born again? Then you have God’s Spirit within you and your worship is not limited to a specific church building or prayer closet. You have been endowed to pray without ceasing.

Lord teach us to pray.



Tuesday, June 4, 2019
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1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 (KJV)

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "First Lesson".

I learned The Lord’s Prayer as a little child. I learned to pray for my list of loved ones at the same time: “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy…”. Through the years the childhood teachings have become a little more sophisticated and somehow a little less sufficient.
Sin has taught me that my prayers are not answered and that they are hindered on every side.

It seems that prayer has less power than the Bible says it has; it has become something I do out of obligation or need. But there is little joy and love in my daily meetings with Almighty God. This ought not be.

The disciples did not ask Him to teach them to walk on water, or heal, or become magnificent orators and writers of the Gospel. They wanted to learn to pray the way Jesus prayed.

There must be more to prayer than my little efforts to converse with Holy God. So, I invite you to join me in at the feet of Our Master with one simple request:


Lord teach us to pray.


Monday, June 3, 2019

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7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7 (KJV)
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16

“Of all the promises connected with the command, ‘ABIDE IN ME,’ there is none higher, and none that sooner brings the confession, ‘Not that I have already attained, or am already made perfect,’ than this: ‘If ye abide in me, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.’ Power with God is the highest attainment of the life of full abiding.

And of all the traits of a life LIKE CHRIST there is none higher and more glorious than conformity to Him in the work that now engages Him without ceasing in the Father’s presence—His all-prevailing intercession. The more we abide in Him, and grow unto His likeness, will His priestly life work in us mightily, and our life become what His is, a life that ever pleads and prevails for men.”

Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on our Training for the Ministry of Intercession, (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1895), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, V.