Sin is the greatest roadblock to prayer. Confession is "agreeing with God about my sin" - (Ps. 51:10-11, I John 1:9).
Psalm 139:23,24 - "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Praising God for who and what He is (Ps. 63:3, Ps. 34:1-3):
Waiting on God -- no talking; being "quiet in God's presence" (Isa. 40:31).
Psalm 37:7 -- "Rest in the Lord, and wait paitently for Him ..."
The words "rest in the Lord" in the original Hebrew mean, "Be still in the Lord."
4. The Word
When we pray, we are speaking to God. When we read God's Word, God is speaking to us. Open your Bible, asking God to bless the reading of the Word with concentration and understanding (2 Tim. 3:16).
Psalm 19:7-8 -- "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes."
Intercession is praying for otheres; it is unselfish. Intercession is love on its knees. You should have a list of names of others to uphold in prayer. Supplication is urgent praying for others (1 Tim. 2:1-2; Ps. 2:8).
Psalm 2:8 -- "Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession."
Petition is asking God to provide for your personal needs. "Ask and it shall be given you." Make a list of all your personal needs and check them off as God answers prayer (Jas. 4:2).
Matthew 7:7 -- "Ask, and it shall be given you."
We need to thank God for what He has done. Thanksgiving is simply enumerating those things for which we are grateful (Phil. 4:6; Ps. 100:4):
a. Material possessions
b. Physical blessings
c. Spiritual blessings
Singing Scripture back to the Lord is one of the highest forms of worship and praise.
There are many songs in the hymnal to be sung to the Lord (Eph. 5:19).
Psalm: 100:2 -- "Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing."
The difference between meditation and waiting is, when we're waiting on God, we are being "quiet in His presence." In meditation, the mind is very active, pondering spiritual things (Josh. 1:8; Ps. 1:1-2).
Joshua 1:8 -- "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night ...."
Listen for that still small voice of God; wait for specific orders concerning activities of the day (Eccl. 5:2).
1 Kings 19:11-12 -- "...And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and break in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
Earlier in your prayer time, you read the Word and allowed God to speak to you. Now you pray the Word back to God. The book of Psalms is full of personal prayers (Ps 147:1).
Psalm 95:2 -- " Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms."
Begin your prayer time with praise and end your prayer time with praise. This step is extremely important (Ps. 150:1-2: Ps. 50:23).
Psalm 50:23 --"Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me.
COMMANDS OF CHRIST
1. Repent - Humility
2. Follow Me - Meekness
3. Rejoice - Joyfulness
4. Let Your Light Shine - Generosity
5. Honor God's Law - Love
6. Be Reconciled - Responsibility
7. Do Not Commit Adultery - Self Control
8. Keep Your Word - Truthfulness
9. Go the Second Mile - Deference
10. Love Your Enemies - Creativity
11. Be Perfect - Sincerity
12. Practice Secret Disciplines - Faith
13. Lay Up Treasures - Thriftiness
14. See God's Kingdom - Initiative
15. Judge Not - Discernment
16. Do Not Cast Pearls - Discretion
17. Ask, Seek, and Knock - Resourcefulness
18. Do Unto Others - Sensitivity
19. Choose the Narrow Way - Decisiveness
20. Beware of False Prophets - Alertness
21. Pray for Laborers - Compassion
22. Be Wise as Serpents - Wisdom
23. Fear Not - Boldness
24. Hear God's Voice - Attentiveness
25. Take My Yoke - Obedience
26. Honor Your Parents - Honor
27. Beware of Leaven - Virtue
28. Deny Yourself - Determination
29. Despise Not Little Ones - Tolerance
30. Go to Offenders - Justice
31. Beware of Covetousness - Contentment
32. Forgive Offenders - Forgiveness
33. Honor Marriage - Loyalty
34. Be a Servant - Availability
35. Be A House of Prayer - Persuasiveness
36. Ask in Faith - Patience
37. Bring In the Poor - Hospitality
38. Render to Caesar - Gratefulness
39. Love the Lord - Enthusiasm
40. Love Your Neighbor - Gentleness
41. Await My Return - Punctuality
42. Take, Eat,and Drink - Thoroughness
43. Be Born Again - Security
44. Keep My Commandments - Diligence
45. Watch and Pray - Endurance
46. Feed My Sheep - Dependability
47. Baptize My Disciples - Cautiousness
48. Receive God's Power - Orderliness
49. Make Disciples - Flexibility
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you ..." - Matthew 28:19-20
And he said to them, "The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest".
God will reveal Himself to us.
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:21).
We will receive God's love.
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love... " (John 15:10).
We will know we love God.
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments....Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected" (I John 2:3-5).
Our prayers will be answered.
"And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments..."
(I John 3:22).
God will dwell in us.
"If a man love me, he will keep my owrds: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him"
We will love others.
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments"
(I John 5:2).
Christ will be our Friend.
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you"
We will be disciples.
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another .... By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love sone to another"
( John 13:34-35).
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Brethern, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that may be saved.
OTHERS MAY, YOU CANNOT
Author: G. D. Watson
If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.
Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.
Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.
Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.
The Lord may let others be honored and put forward while keeping you hidden in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.
God may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature.
The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.
So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and that He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.
God will take you at your word. If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of God.
By G.D. Watson
G.D.Watson (1845-1924) was a Wesleyan Methodist minister and evangelist based in Los Angeles. His evangelistic campaigns took him to England, the West Indies, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Korea. He also wrote several books.
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