Recently the Lord has impressed upon me through His word how important prayer is to a born again , blood bought child of God. If you are one, then according to the word of God you have
special privileges. In the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians (3:11,12 , NASB) states:
This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. The Greek scholar Thayer says, the word boldness means freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, openly, frankly, i.e without concealment without ambiguity or a need for many words. The word confident means to be persuaded that God will hear you, that you are certain of it. The word access means that our Lord Jesus has brought us into a relationship with God and we have 24 hour a day access because we are standing in grace.
Romans 5:2 says, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand ; and we exult in hope of the glory of God
Please see Matthew Henry on Romans 5:2, below.
The saints' happy state is a state of grace. Into this grace we are brought, which teaches that we were not born in this state. We could not have got into it of ourselves, but we are led into it, as pardoned offenders. Therein we stand, a posture that denotes perseverance; we stand firm and safe, upheld by the power of the enemy. And those who have hope for the glory of God hereafter, have enough to rejoice in no, M.H.
Many times I have people who contact me and they tell me the pitiful story of a loved one suffers from depression, schizophrenia, bipolar etc. Some times I counsel them and some times,
I don't know what to say. However, I always tell them that I can pray. I have seen some amazing answers to prayer that have helped me or others in being helped while in the clutches of a brain storm
and being tossed up and down as in a sieve. One of the purposes of this blog is that we pray for one another, support one another and care for one another.
Here are some great quotes on prayer.
"What the Church needs today; is not more machinery, or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use---men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men --- of prayer" (E.M. Bounds, Power through Prayer).
"If you have so much business to attend to that you have no time to pray, depend on it that you have more business on hand than God ever intended you should have.” - D.L. Moody
Revivals, if they are genuine, do not always come the moment we whistle for them. Try and whistle for the wind, and see if it will come. The great rain was given in answer to Elijah's payer; but not even the first time he prayed, and we must pray again, and again, and again, and at last the cloud will appear, and the showers out of the cloud ( 1 Kings 18:36-46), Charles Spurgeon, The Soul Winner.