Prayer

Challenging our prayer life.

 

The Place of Prayer

Meeting with God on a Daily Basis

History tells us Abraham found shade for his family under a grove of large oak trees known as the “Plains (or the Oaks) of Mamre.” The trees were situated at the top of Mount Hebron as it looked over the area known as Sodom and Gomorrah. This site became known as “Abraham’s Oaks.” Historians and theologians alike believe this was the place where Abraham communed with God. It was here God answered Abraham’s prayer for a son to be his heir, and it was here he begged God to spare Sodom for his nephew Lot’s sake.

We will never make it through the storms of life without finding a place to meet the Lord. Isaac went into the field. Christ went to a mountain. Peter resorted to a housetop. Daniel’s place was by an open window.

Is there a place in your house or on your property where you feel especially close to God? Find a quiet, peaceful place and let it become your place of prayer.

Abraham’s place was special to him. It was a sacred place where he met with God. I believe this type of place was what the songwriter spoke of when he penned these words:

I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.

Had Abraham not had a place where he stood before God, Lot and his family would have burned with everyone else in the flames of Sodom. Do you have a place of prayer? People are counting on you to have a place where you and God meet every day.

Interceding for Others

Women are known to be prayer warriors. Sometimes this perception is not always true though. As the New Year begins, I would like to challenge each of you to become a real prayer warrior. Not just for yourself and your family, but consider the needs of others.

Praying for others can sometimes make your needs seem so small and insignificant. Just this past Sunday one of our senior adults ask me to pray that they would find their hearing-aid they had lost. The cost of the hearing aid was $3,200. I was so burdened for this devoted saint of God. I began praying that very evening and several times the next morning. About 10:15 am on Monday morning, my phone rang and it was a blessing to hear that the costly hearing-aid had been found. I realize I was not the only person praying, but God did answer an urgent prayer request because of the prayers of God’s people. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Someday, you will be on the other side of those prayers. The Bible promises us in II Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” The day is coming when you will suffer problems and tribulation, and you will need the prayers of others. It is my prayer you will be found faithful in the coming year to pray for others and their needs.

October 17 | Isaiah 50-52; 1 Thessalonians 5

Isaiah 50 Thus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away....

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October 16 | Isaiah 47-49; 1 Thessalonians 4

Isaiah 47 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg,...

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October 15 | Isaiah 45-46; 1 Thessalonians 3

Isaiah 45 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the...

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October 14 | Isaiah 43-44; 1 Thessalonians 2

Isaiah 43 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers,...

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