Prayer To Be An Effective Spiritual Watchman

8 Benefits of Prayer You Can’t Afford to Miss

Prayer To Be An Effective Spiritual Watchman

“Let us come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.” – Heb. 4:16

How is your prayer life with the Lord?  If you’ve been a believer for some time, you may have realized the difficulty of building up a prayer life… and possibly even given up. And that’s really a loss because the benefits of prayer are so tremendous.

Since it’s so easy to get discouraged and give up on prayer, it’s worth considering some of the awesome benefits of prayer that make pursuing a prayer life worthwhile.

So in this post, we’ll consider eight benefits of prayer that I hope will encourage you to build up a persevering prayer life.

1. Prayer enables you to set your mind on the things above.

Colossians 3:2 says,

 “Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.”

How could we fulfill God’s word in this verse except by prayer?

Prayer is the  way to have our mind set on the things above. That’s because proper prayer elevates our mind from our earthly concerns to God’s heavenly interests.

 2. Prayer enables Christ to carry out His heavenly administration. 

The Lord’s instruction in Matthew 6:9-13 is not just a prayer to recite, but a pattern of prayer that carries out God’s administration,

 “Our Father who is in the heavens, Your name be sanctified; Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth…”

When our minds are set on the things above, as we just mentioned, we’re able to respond to God’s heavenly interests and express them through our prayer.

During such times of prayer, we become a reflection of Christ’s ministry in the heavens (Rom. 8:34). What a benefit!

 3. Prayer ushers you into the Holy of Holies to receive grace. 

Another benefit of prayer is to touch the “throne of grace” to find grace for your timely help.

Hebrews 4:16 says,

“Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.”

What is grace? It is more than God’s unmerited favor.

Grace is “God in Christ as our supply and enjoyment, conveyed to us and realized through the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:19)”—Phil. 4:23, note 1 in the Recovery Version.

When we pray, we enter into the Holy of Holies and touch the throne of grace to enjoy the hidden Christ in our spirit.

In fact, enjoying the flowing of God’s grace in our prayer is more important than having our prayers answered.

The primary thing is that grace a river flows from the throne and into our being. Here is a refreshing hymn that expresses this benefit. You may even want to sing or declare the lyrics as a part of your prayer.

4. Prayer charges your “spiritual battery” to live the Christian life.

The Christian life is a tool or toy with a battery. Without being regularly charged, our “spiritual battery” will lack the power needed to carry out its intended functions. Our prayer is our connection to the “charging station.”

When we pray, our “spiritual battery” is charged with the heavenly current. This heavenly current, this divine electricity, is the Triune God Himself as grace flowing from the throne—the “heavenly power plant”—into us.

Revelation 22:1 says,

“And He showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding the throne of God and of the Lamb…”

This divine, flowing river proceeding from God’s throne supplies the power to charge us whenever we pray.

5. Prayer brings you into fellowship with the Lord. 

Prayer is the contact of our spirit with God’s spirit.  John 4:24 says,

 “God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit…”

It’s by such God-contacting prayer that we enter into fellowship with the Lord and become conscious of the fact that we are really one spirit with Him and that He is actually one spirit with us (1 Cor. 6:17). This also is a tremendous benefit!

Here is a post with practical points on how to pray to fellowship with the Lord and an enriching hymn to strengthen this point.

6. Prayer renews you for the new man.

Ephesians 4:23-24 says,

“And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man…”

This means that whenever we contact the Lord as the Spirit with our spirit through prayer, this spirit spreads into our mind for our renewing. In such a way we are being renewed for the new man.

This new man is Christ’s Body today and will become the New Jerusalem for eternity (Rev. 21:2). How wonderful that we can be renewed for the new man by our prayer. What a benefit!

7. Prayer lets the peace of Christ arbitrate in your heart.

Colossians 3:15 says,

“And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body, and be thankful.”

This kind of peace isn’t just freedom from worry, but the peace between different peoples. How can we, as believers, let the peace of Christ arbitrate in all our relationships with people, especially other believers that are different from us. It’s only by our prayer.

When we pray, Christ will become the real umpire, ruler, and decider in everything. The main “call” our “Umpire” makes is “you’re wrong! Repent. Confess and say you’re sorry.”

Such prayer preserves the peace in our marriage life, family life, Christian life and church life. This arbitrating peace is a great benefit of prayer!

8. Prayer allows the word of Christ to dwell in you richly

Colossians  3:16 says,

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…” 

But how?  One of the greatest discoveries of my Christian life was learning how to receive God’s word in the Bible by means of prayer, that is, pray-reading it.

By pray-reading, you not only gain some mental understanding from the Bible, but you’re nourished with life element in God’s Word. God’s words become “spirit and life” to you (John 6:63).

Don’t just take my word for it. Here are 12 tips on how to pray-read the Word of God to be spiritually nourished.

Try it! See if you don’t say with the prophet Jeremiah, “Your word became to me the gladness and joy of my heart”  (Jer. 15:16). This is a most wonderful benefit of prayer!

In a following post, I’ll go on the consider some practical tips on how to build up such a persevering prayer life.

Have you been encouraged by these eight benefits of prayer? If so, please take a moment share the post, add a comment, or join the conversation on the Holding to Truth Page.

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Characteristics of Effective Prayer – IHOPKC Blog

Prayer To Be An Effective Spiritual Watchman

One very important condition for effective prayer is to be committed to walking out a lifestyle of righteousness before God and people, as indicated in James 5:16:

“The effective . . . prayer of a righteous man avails much.” This biblical condition is often minimized or totally ignored, even by people who are deeply involved in the prayer-and-worship movement today.

A righteous person is any believer who sets his heart to obey Jesus as he seeks to walk in godly character with a lifestyle of practicing the truth (1 Jn. 1:6).

Setting our hearts to obey is very important, even if we fall short of mature, consistent obedience.

There is no such thing as a person who is so mature in righteousness that he is above all temptation and never falls short in his walk with God.

In other words, the prayers of a “righteous person” include the prayers of imperfect, weak people—such as you and me—who sincerely seek to walk in righteousness even as we stumble in our weakness.

I am so grateful for the glorious reality of the grace of God!

The apostle John declared that the Lord hears and responds to us because we keep His commands and do the things that are pleasing to Him: “Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 Jn. 3:22). Prayer is no substitute for obedience.

I have met those who imagine that if they pray and fast more, they can walk in a little immorality or be dishonest in their finances or slander the people who cause pressure in their lives.

They think that being extra zealous in the spiritual disciplines will balance out areas of persistent compromise.

But praying more does not compensate for unrepented sins that we deliberately continue to commit, as this verse from Isaiah makes clear: “Your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isa. 59:2).

Prayer is far more boring and difficult if we seek to live one part of our lives as if it belonged to God and another part as if it belonged to us.

There is a dynamic relationship between our lifestyle and our ability to enjoy prayer. Our spiritual capacity to experience and enjoy God increases as we walk in purity.

Jesus emphasized this truth in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt. 5:8).

Where there is ongoing, willful compromise in our lives, it will greatly hinder our spiritual growth and our capacity to agree with God in prayer. Sin hinders our love for Him. We must sincerely seek to live in wholehearted obedience because obedience is not optional in the kingdom life.

When we come up short in our obedience, we must acknowledge it and confess it rather than seeking to rationalize it. We call it sin, we repent of it, and we freely receive God’s forgiveness.

Then we “push delete” and immediately stand, once again, with confidence in God’s presence.

Walking in obedience is not about seeking to earn the answers to our prayers; it is about living in agreement with love because God is love.

The truth of the necessity of keeping God’s commandments is overlooked by some who teach on prayer. It is more popular to emphasize our authority in Christ. That is also an essential truth, but the lifestyle of the one praying does matter. What we do negatively and what we neglect to do positively deeply affect our prayer lives.

Prayer That Is Earnest

Using the prophet Elijah as an example, the apostle James taught that one characteristic of effective prayer is earnestness in prayer: “Elijah . . .

prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain” (Jas. 5:17).

What does it mean to be earnest? It is important to understand what earnest prayer is because it is one of the primary conditions of effective prayer as set forth in the Scripture.

Two Aspects of Earnest Prayer

First, earnest prayer comes from a heart that is engaged with God. To be earnest implies that we are not praying by rote or just going through the motions. Being earnest is the opposite of speaking our prayers mindlessly into the air. We are to focus our minds and attention toward the Lord when we pray.

Second, earnest prayer is prayer that is persistent (Mt. 7:7–8; Lk. 11:5–10; 18:1, 7). The Greek word proseuche translated as “earnestly” in James 5 literally means “he prayed with prayer,” which is an idiom expressing persistence in prayer. Hence, the translators said of Elijah that he “prayed earnestly.”

We must refuse to be denied answers to prayers that are in agreement with God’s will. We must not stop asking and thanking God for the answers until we see them with our eyes. We must not be casual about our prayer requests, but persistent and tenacious.

Jesus taught a parable about the Father’s willingness to answer prayer that is recorded in the gospel of Luke. His message was that because of our persistence, the Father answers.

He applied the parable by exhorting us to ask, knowing that the request will be fulfilled; to seek, knowing that we will find; and to knock, knowing that the door will open (v. 9). The Greek verbs for “ask,” “seek” and “knock” are in the continuous present tense.

In other words, we are to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking. The message is a call to perseverance.

“Because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. So I say to you, 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” (Lk. 11:8–10).

The apostle Paul called us to pray “with all perseverance” (Eph. 6:18) and to labor fervently (Col. 4:12) in prayer.

When we ask casually, with little effort to focus our minds on the Lord, or when we stop praying for something that is in God’s will, we show that we do not value what we are praying for.

As we see in Jeremiah’s prophecy, when we highly prize something, we will seek the Lord for it with all our hearts: “‘You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart'” (Jer. 29:13).

(Excerpted from Mike Bickle’s latest book, Growing in Prayer)

Mike Bickle is the director of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City.

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The Art and Science of Prayer

Prayer To Be An Effective Spiritual Watchman

“Ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer.” — – John 16:24: – Christian Bible

The terms prayer, manifestation, visualization, incantation, etc. are all closely related. They all involve the willful act of bringing something into reality, attracting a situation or circumstance or creating something from seemingly nothing. Not all concepts of prayer or prayer practices are equally effective.

The questions have been asked: Why are some prayers not answered while others are? Why do some people seem to have their prayers answered while others don't?

There are two ways to look at prayer dynamics. This derives directly from the concept of two paradigms.

(1) One type of prayer involves being connected to the Source or to God. Prayers of this type are “in harmony” with the Divine Intent of creation. This perspective is what we as individuals are part of the greater whole and can, therefore, draw upon the greater power to create. Through this greater consciousness or being, creation can occur where none existed before.

(2) Prayer is a magical creation, the result of our application of will and energy to shape our reality. In this perspective, “reality” is the mirror of our beliefs, our assumptions about what is true and what is not.

In this perspective, “manifesting”, casting “spells” or “incantations”, and “creating through visualization” all represent a version of prayer that is the application of will and energy.

The limitation of this perspective is that it is only as powerful as our beliefs, our personal energy, and our will.

Both of these concepts produce results. The difference between these two concepts and their techniques is only in their intent. In the first, one recognizes a greater wisdom than one's own ego and defers to the greater wisdom.

The first is far more powerful and requires that we act in harmony with the higher Intent of the rest of creation. Edgar Cayce often said, “Why worry when you can pray?” Worry will accomplish nothing. Prayer works.

It influences situations, people, and outcomes.

Gregg Braden in The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy (Amazon Link) a valuable observation.

By studying ancient scriptures the Dead Sea scrolls and Tibetan Buddhist practices, he found that prayer was accomplished through feeling, gratitude, acknowledgement, and acceptance.

The “lost” mode of prayer, from Braden's perspective, is a form of prayer that has no words, no outward expression, and is based simply in feeling.

One of his examples is a Native American man who “prayed rain” (not prayed for rain) by stepping into a medicine wheel circle and “feeling” the rain on his skin, “smelling” the moisture in the air, “feeling” the mud between his toes, and acknowledging that reality. Specifically, this mode of prayer invites us to feel the appreciation and gratitude in our heart, as if our prayers have already been answered, even if the world appears to show us otherwise.

The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what Heaven's kingdom is .” He said to them, “It's a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on prepared soil, it produces a large plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky.” – Thomas 20 – the New Testament apocrypha in the Nag Hammadi library (Wikipedia Link) or Nag Hammadi library (Amazon Link)

It is not the Intent of this mode of prayer to “make” something happen in a situation where we may not agree with what life is showing us.

The ancients understood that to use prayer is an “abomination” when used to impose our will where our will is not in harmony with the greater good.

To impose our idea of what should or should not be, anywhere in the world or upon another person, is a form of manipulation and a misuse of our gift of prayer when we are acting against the greater good or the Intent of Creation.

Energy is required to accomplish manifestation or effective prayer. It also requires appropriate application of that energy. So, what is appropriate application? An appropriate application is conducting prayer actions that are in harmony with the greater good of all concerned.

The greater good, in this sense, means acting in harmony with the Spiritual purpose of the individual. So, how do we know what is in harmony with our Spiritual purpose or that of others? The best way is to ask. That can be done through meditation.

Where there is a difference in the purpose and intent on the Spiritual and conscious levels, our first obligation is to respect the Spiritual level.

The Huna Perspective on Prayer

Recall the three minds model of the consciousness of the human being. For effective prayer (or effective anything else), the three minds must be aligned.

The conscious self has the ability to think, evaluate and make choices. The conscious self must be very clear on what it is conceiving and submitting to a prayer action. The conscious self must also still its ego and thought processes in order to “know” the greater wisdom within and to follow it.

The subconscious self is endowed with memory, imagery and emotion. Braden's “lost mode of prayer” is a method of addressing the subconscious self rather than the conscious self.

The subconscious self may also be encumbered by complexes such as guilt, judgment, and other limitations which block the flow of thought and energy between the conscious self and Superconscious self.

These complexes must be resolved for the individual to be healthy and able to function effectively as a whole being.

The Superconscious self is that part of ourself that is closest to “God” or the “Source”. The Superconscious self holds the perfect image of our physical and etheric bodies. The Superconscious self also holds the memory and awareness of our connection to the Infinite collective consciousness.

The Huna Prayer

A key concept of the Huna prayer is to empower the prayer action with energy, or mana. One of the huna methods of accumulating energy is called the Ha rite. There are many ways to do a ha rite, and all of them work.

A Ha rite is simply breathing deeply with the intent to accumulate a mana surcharge in the physical and etheric bodies before prayer, then select a prayer picture and feeling, then send the prayer picture, feeling and intent with the mana surcharge to your 'Aumakua or Superconscious self.

It need not be more complicated than that. Here is a basic description of the Ha rite.

The Ha Rite

Cup and hold your hands so that your finger tips are about an inch or two apart, and spread your fingers so none of them touch one another (this prevents you from grounding the energy back into your body).

Recall that in meditation we keep out fingers and palms in contact so that we do ground the energy in our bodies. A good time to do this is at the conclusion of the meditation.

Slowly pull the hands apart while breathing deeply and with the intent of building a surcharge of mana between your hands.

You should slow your breath to 5 breaths a minute or less compared to the normal 15-18 breaths a minute.

The tradition is to use four sets of four breaths or even 10 sets of four breaths to build a mana surcharge for the prayer. Visualize your prayer picture.

The more mana you pour into the prayer picture the brighter and more realistic the prayer picture becomes. Use intent to put mana into the space between your hands.

When you feel the mana surcharge growing between your hands, you will feel a pulsing, tingling, heat, or a dense force between your hands.

When you are satisfied with the mana surcharge, and prayer picture or intent, expel a quick burst of breath and visualize it going around the prayer picture and the mana surcharge binding them together.

Then separate your hands and allow the prayer picture and mana surcharge to float away to be taken by your Superconscious mind. The same sense of “feeling” is applied here as described above.

Perhaps this is the same process described by Edgar Cayce when he said:

“Thy prayers ascend to the throne of God, and the angel of each entity stands before the throne to make intercession. Not as a physical throne, no; but that consciousness in which we may be so attuned that we become one with the whole in lending power and strength to each entity for whom you speak and pray.” –Edgar Cayce Reading 3954-1

Recall that the subconscious mind communicates through images and feelings and a “sense of understanding” and not language.

Does your prayer picture and feeling maintain harmony and balance? Is there any element of competition, conflict or ego in your visualization? Does the visualization acknowledge that the prayer has already been answered? Have you illuminated the visualization with mana?

The concept of the two paradigms applies to the Huna model of prayer. When a prayer is made that is in harmony with the Source, all three selves are in alignment and the effect is powerful indeed. When there is separation from the Source, the three selves are not aligned and the energy and power available for manifestation is limited.

Once the prayer has been visualized, felt, filled with energy, and acknowledged as reality, release it and leave it alone.

Application of Prayer

Formulate four prayers, send them out, and recognize the results when they appear:

(1) For understanding something that you have a desire to understand.

(2) For new knowledge and understanding about something important but presently completely unknown by you.

(3) Something specific for the benefit or healing of another.

(4) Something specific for the benefit or healing of yourself.

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The Importance of Prayer in Evangelism

Prayer To Be An Effective Spiritual Watchman

by Matt Slick

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest,” (Matt. 9:37-38).

Prayer is essential in the Christian's life.  Without it, your witness will be far less effective and you will be far more vulnerable to the enemy.  When you witness, you need the blessing and support of the Lord.  You need to be in fellowship with Him.  Prayer makes this all possible.

When you witness you plant the seeds of the Gospel, but it is God who causes the growth (1 Cor. 3:6-7).  In prayer, you ask God to give that growth.

 In prayer, you ask God to convict the unrepentant of their sin and by that awaken in them the need for salvation.  In prayer, you, “…let your requests be made known to God,” (Phil. 4:6).

 Think back to your own conversion.  Were there people praying and requesting your salvation?

Jesus prayed frequently (Matt. 14:23; 26:36; Mark 6:46; Luke 5:16; John 17).  Paul prayed (Rom. 1:9; Eph. 1:16).  Stephen prayed (Acts 7:55-60). You must pray.  God wants you to pray to Him and have fellowship with Him (John 1:1-4).

 Why?  One reason is that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against powers and the spiritual forces of darkness (Eph. 6:12).  That is where the real battle is, in the spiritual realm.  You need prayer.

 Prayer is one of God's ordained means for you to do spiritual warfare, and sharing the Gospel is definitely spiritual warfare.

Another reason to pray is that you can actually influence God with your prayers.  If you are doubtful then look at 2 Kings 20:1-7. King Hezekiah was told by the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, that he should set his house in order because he was surely going to die (v.

1).  Hezekiah prayed earnestly (v. 2,3).  The Lord heard his prayers and said, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you.  On the third day, you shall go up to the house of the LORD.  And I will add fifteen years to your life,” (v. 5).

Hezekiah's prayer made a difference.  That is why you, as a Christian, can be an effective witness, because you have influence with God and because you can ask God to save.  Prayer is a vital part of witnessing.

What should you pray for?

Pray for more people to witness.  Jesus specifically asked you to pray to the Father and ask Him to send workers into the field (Matt. 9:37-38).  What is the field?  It is the world of sinners.  Who are the workers?  They are people you.

 Jesus wants people to find salvation and enjoy eternal fellowship with Him.  He wants you to preach the Gospel.  He has given the command “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,” (Matt. 28:19).  Your witness for God may or may not be verbal.

 But either way, you need to pray and ask God to give you strength, love, and insight.

Pray for compassion for the lost.  Compassion is a necessary element in witnessing.  It motivates you to speak, to teach, and to pray for others to come into the kingdom of God.  Compassion helps you to cry over the lost and to come to God in humble request for their salvation.  Paul said, “Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation,” (Rom. 10:1).

Pray for the desire to witness.  Pray this regularly and watch the Lord change you and give you a desire to reach out and tell people about Jesus. God will grant your prayers and joy will fill your heart as you fulfill the command of God by witnessing.

Pray for boldness.  Pray for the courage to step out in faith and speak up when needed.  Many Christians are timid because speaking a word for the sake of the Lord can be risky and frightening.

 Boldness gives you the courage to risk ridicule and to endure the scorn.  Ask God for it.  “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord,” (2 Tim. 1:7-8).

Pray to the Lord to bind Satan and his angels.  There is a hierarchy of demons seeking to hinder your witness and steal the seeds of the Gospel that you plant.

 You cannot fight spirits with reason or flesh and blood, but you can ask the Lord to fight.  With prayer, you can assault the camp of the enemy and weaken his false kingdom.

 Prayer is a mighty tool, a powerful tool.  You need it if you are going to witness.

Pray for your needs.  Do you have a close walk with God?  Do you need a deeper fellowship with Him?  Do you have sins you need to confess and forsake?  If so, then pray.

 Enjoy your privilege of coming to the Creator of the universe who meets your every need.  He loves you.  He wants to hear from you and He wants you to make your needs known to Him.

 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God,” (Phil. 4:6).

Hindrances to prayer

Prayer is important for many reasons, especially for witnessing.  But prayer can be hindered.  So that your prayers and witnessing might be as effective as possible, a discussion of the hindrances of prayer is necessary.  Do any of the following apply to you?

Sin hinders prayer.  “If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear,” (Psalm 66:18).  We all sin, but do you have unconfessed and unrepented sin in your life?  If so, confess your sin, repent from it as you are commanded in Acts 17:30, and continue in witnessing and prayer.

Selfishness hinders prayer.  “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures,” (James 4:3).  Examine yourself.  Make sure your prayers are not motivated by selfish desires.  If you find that selfishness is a factor then confess it and repent.

Doubt hinders prayer.  “But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind,” (James 1:6).  We all doubt.  We all fail.  But when you doubt be reminded of the man who said to Jesus, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief,” (Mark 9:24).

 He believed and yet doubted and Jesus granted his request.  Remember that God has given a measure of faith to every man (Rom. 12:3).  Trust God, even when you have doubts.  It does not matter necessarily how much faith you have as much as who your faith is in.  Put what faith you have in Jesus.  Trust Him.

 Watch Him be faithful to you.

Pride hinders prayer.  Jesus spoke of the Pharisee and the tax-gatherer who both were praying.  The Pharisee boasted about himself while the tax-gatherer asked for mercy from God.

 Jesus said in Luke 18:14 regarding the tax-gatherer, “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other.”  Jesus shows us that pride is sin and that it hinders prayer (James 4:6).

 Have the same attitude that Jesus had in heaven in His full glory as He had on Earth as a man.  He was humble.  If you are prideful, confess it as sin, repent, and continue in humility.

A poor husband and wife relationship hinders prayer.  This may seem a little place here, but it isn't.  A proper relationship with your spouse is very important.

 If there are problems because of selfishness, pride, argument, anger, unforgiveness, or any of the other multitudinous obstacles that can develop in marriage, then your prayers will be hindered.  How are you doing with your mate?  Are you witnessing while there is anger between you two?  In Matt.

5:23-24 Jesus said, “If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

”  Are you reconciled to your wife or husband (for that matter, anyone you know with whom there is strife) before you offer sacrifices of witnessing and prayer to the Lord?  If not, then be reconciled, so your prayers won't be hindered.  1 Pet.

3:7 says, “You husbands wise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that you prayers may not be hindered.”

Prayer is a privilege

Prayer is a privilege.  It is a powerful tool.  Without it, you will be a foolish worker in the fields of the dead.  Pray and ask the Lord of the harvest to raise the dead to life.  Bend your knees in fellowship with your Lord.  Let Him wash you in His presence and fill you with the Holy Spirit.  Prayer is where you meet Him.  Prayer is where you are shaped.  Pray.

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