Resurrection and Life

The winter is finally past with its cold solemn days and the brightness of spring with the birds singing is heard in the air.  Oh, how great is the therapy of spring—joy and praise.  The activity of nature is at a fever pitch, and so it seems with human nature as well.  Funerals, weddings, final school events, moving, and making plans seem to all come in concentrated periods of time right now.  May the good Lord look down on us in tender mercy right now?  I’m sure He is reminding us of the new life of the resurrection.  After all, He did say, “I am the resurrection and the life.”  

     While things are moving quickly around us, let us remember to take time to pray.

 

Matt. 5:46  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door,  pray  to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  7  But when ye pray , use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Matt. 9:38  Pray  ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Matt. 26:41  Watch and  pray , that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Luke 6:12  And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to  pray , and continued all night in prayer to God. 

Luke 18:1   And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to  pray , and not to faint; 

Rom. 8:26   Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should  pray  for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Matt. 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and  pray  for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 

Thus far, we have seen from God’s Holy Word these things:

1) Pray for the difficult people in our lives,

2) Pray in private to the Father,

3) Pray for laborers for the harvest,

4) Pray for strength in temptations,

5) Pray with concentration,

6) Pray for continuance, and

7) Pray with the Holy Spirit.

That is a good list. However, it is not extensive;  there are many other admonitions on prayer.  One thing is sure.  This is the time to pray.  There is no bad time to pray.  I Thess. 5:17 says to pray without ceasing or stopping. In other words, we ought to pray all the time about everything. Phil. 4:6 says in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.  Then, we are to pray all the time about everything.  This is the only way not to be stressed all the time.  Have you and I really prayed about that thing? We need to pray about family situations, church situations, work situations, for good and bad people, for laborers in the Lord’s work, for money and jobs, for the government and its leaders, for the lost and dying around the world, and for Jesus to come. 

   Expect great things from a great God in response to the direct measure of our praying.  When He does answer our prayer, let’s be careful to say, “To God be the glory, great things He hath done.”  Here is a prayer request for our Jerusalem, “Brethren, my hearts desire and prayer to God  for Greer is, that they might be saved.” Romans 10:1