Philippians 1:4 NKJV - "Always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy."
This is the last in this series on Prayer along with Prayer Thoughts. I've used this month of August, once again, to be a month to focus on the value, the importance, the power, and the absolute necessity of prayer in a believer's life and in the life of a local church. Christians need to pray and recognize that prayer is more than just "saying a prayer" to start and/or end a day. Prayer is fellowship with God. Prayer is the communion of a redeemed sinner with their Redeemer. Prayer is earnestly and persistently pleading with God to work out His plans in this world and in the life and sphere of each petitioner. Prayer is a battle! Prayer not only calls on God to work in His power in our lives, but it also calls on God to rebuke the accuser of the brethren and show Satan that he has been defeated and anything he tries to do against God and His family will be dealt with by God Himself!
Christian, I've asked you to team up with one more person, at least, in order to have that "2 or 3" people praying where God meets in your midst. Of course, each one of us MUST have our own personal time with God. The main thing is that we set ourselves to persistently plead with God to pour out His Spirit afresh on our lives and work His revival in us and in those we influence. God's work grows as Christians pray.
Remember, Jesus said "men ought always to pray and not to faint." Paul called on us to "pray for all men." We are commanded to "pray without ceasing" and "pray about everything with supplication and thanksgiving..." I would love to see that during this Fall season we would watch God bring another "spiritual awakening" in our world! I'm praying that the Gospel will go forth in mighty power in every individual witness that every individual Christian has with every individual! People need to know the Lord; and, Jesus' inheritance is people. Remember near the beginning of this month I suggested we "pray for Jesus?" Psalm 2 speaks of the nations of this world are Christ's inheritance. I, for one, want to see Him have as large an inheritance as our prayers would call for!
Christian, take the time to pray, not just a few passing moments. Take an hour or more to pray as often as you can! Pour out your heart to a loving God who moves as His people pray. Let your prayers "move the hand of God" as you unite your heart with the heart of God.