Who would you consider the most influential people on earth today?
G8 world leaders? The wealthy of the wealthiest? Movie composers and music producers? Mega-church leaders? Television talk-show hosts? ISIS rebel commanders?
I will cast my vote after making a few observations…
For three years the disciples walked with Jesus observing His habits, His inter-actions with people and His relationship with God our Father. There are a lot of things they could have asked Jesus to teach them, one thing they did ask is recorded in Luke 11:1:
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…
What prompted this question? What did they observe?
All the forces of hell perpetually opposed Jesus, yet he walked in peace and in constant surrender to, and communication with God.
Prayer was a daily priority.
Through prayer Jesus tapped into the purposes and the power of God.
If this is true about prayer then the answer to the opening question is obvious…
The most influential people on earth are those who know how to pray.
Prayer matters. Praying correctly makes a huge difference.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:14-15
When the apostle John was invited into the Throne Room in heaven (Revelation 8) he observed an angel carrying a golden censer to the altar filled with the prayers of all God’s people, mixed with incense and ascending before God’s throne.
What a great picture!
So what does our incense consist of when we… or someone we love is in the midst of one of life’s detours?
Jesus taught us to pray… “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” …what did He mean by that?
How do we pray with power and influence when life situations get hard and what we desire isn’t playing out?
Is prayer a way for us to get what we want, or is it a means to help us surrender and get on board with and become an instrument of God’s plan and purposes?
Join us at the tables this Friday as we discuss our will, God’s will and how they can come together in a dynamic prayer life that matters.
I hope to see you early.
This Week’s Key Verses:
Pray, then, in this way: “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will. Matthew 26:39
The LORD of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. Isaiah 14:24
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of Him. I John 5:14-15