{Spiritual Health} Revitalize your Prayer Life

Posted by Carla Collier on 01/16/2012
by Carla Collier The second spoke in the Spiritual Wheel, as we continue our series on health*, is Prayer. So, how is your prayer life? Prayer is crucial to our relationship with God because it is how we communicate with Him. It is impossible to have a relationship without communication and this is as true in our relationship with God as it is with people. Lori Merrill says it so well in the Called to be a Keeper Bible study, To make God your first priority in all you do requires that you live a life of prayer to Him. You can study His Word every day, but until you move past the knowledge into the relationship with Him, you will simply be gaining information without applying it (Chapter 2, Called to Pray and Obey). If we want to grow closer to God this year we must revitalize our prayer life.   How can we do that? One of my favorite verses about prayer is from Jesus Sermon on the Mount, Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. (Matt. 7:7) This command from our Lord includes three verbs and three promises that are helpful to consider as we seek to develop this part of our relationship with God.   Ask, and it shall be given to you. Jesus wants us to ask for help. The very act of asking demonstrates faith. During His ministry, Jesus was entreated by needy people: people needing healing physically, emotionally and spiritually. Jesus often stated, as He healed them, that their faith had healed them. They demonstrated faith in who He is and His power to heal when they took the action of coming and asking -- that faith was necessary for healing to take place. We must first place our faith in Jesus as our Savior and Lord, then as we take the steps of faith to obediently �ask� our prayer life will be revitalized and in turn our faith will be strengthened.   Seek, and you shall find. This verb reminds me that as we are asking we need to be seeking God's will in our prayers. Pray for God's will to be done. Many times we pray for what we think is best from our limited perspective. Prayer is an opportunity to trust God in His goodness to do what He knows is best. Be in tune to His Spirit directing you how to pray. Many times as I pray about something the Holy Spirit brings to my mind different ways to pray and helps me to pray for God to be glorified not just for my problem to be solved.   Knock, and it shall be opened. Jesus wants us to be persistent in prayer. I have seen prayers answered the same day and others after years of prayer ... don't give up. God's timing is always perfect. God always hears and answers: sometimes yes, sometimes wait, sometimes no. This is when we have to trust in His goodness and know that He will either grant our request, or give some answer far more blessed.**   I have had several powerful influences in my life that have helped me with prayer. My parents taught me to pray and modeled a life of prayer. Through Moms in Prayer groups (formerly Moms in Touch) I learned to pray scripture and to experience the power of praying in one accord with other believers. The most powerful influence however, has been seeing the power of God revealed in my life through prayer - I pray because it works! I have seen healing of all kinds, marriages saved, hearts changed, financial needs met, wisdom imparted, peace and strength that defies understanding, fears removed, and the list could go on and on. If you desire a victorious Christian life then take the Lord Jesus at His Word and ask, seek, knock. Here is part of my mom's testimony concerning prayer:   Part of my Christian responsibility toward my children includes intercessory prayer. In the early years I often focused on a Christian character quality that needed to be developed. Sometimes I wrote it out and put it on the refrigerator to call this character quality to my attention throughout the day. We would also include this quality in our daily family devotions and prayers for each other followed our evening meal. As the children prayed in turn, it was a blessing to see how the Lord was working in each heart. Now with grandchildren, my husband and I begin each day with prayer, including praying for each family member by name. We pray concerning desirable attitudes as well as for health and safety. One of our favorite prayers is Jesus prayer for His followers in John 17. We are commanded to love and encourage one another and while we can't always do that in person, we can be involved in their lives and love them every day through intercessory prayer.

(Psalm 145:18, Jer. 29: 11-13, Romans 12:12, I Timothy 2:1, I John 5: 14-15)

  We would love to hear your testimony of how God has used the power of prayer in your life! {To read more about prayer see Week Two in the Called to Be a Keeper Bible Study and read other posts about prayer under the Prayer category in Spiritual Growth. Be sure to read the next post in this series to hear a powerful testimony about the importance of being in a community of believers.}  

**I know not if the blessing sought

Will come in just the way I thought,

But leave my prayer with Him alone

Whose will is wiser than my own,

Knowing that He will grant my request

Or give some answer far more blessed.

(Author Unknown)

*I would like to thank and give credit to the Ministries of Jesus (MOJ) Clinic, a ministry of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, OK, for the Wheels of Health idea and illustration, which is based on the book God's Design for the Highly Healthy Person by Walt Larimore, M.D. (www.DrWalt.com ).
(Carla and her husband Clyde have seven children and will celebrate 25 years of marriage this year. She enjoys tennis, reading and writing. Carla serves as the Website Editor on the Keepers Ministry Team.)  

1 Comment

Lori Merrill Says:
January 24th, 2012 at 6:54 am
Carla, this a great article and reminder about prayer. Thank you! I love your Mom's testimony and I plan to post a character quality TODAY to pray for each member of my family (including me)! Thank you!
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