How is my prayer life these days? Is there anything hindering my prayer life with God? Do you ask yourself these questions periodically? Ask yourself as I take a look at my prayer life, can I be doing much better than I am doing now or as I have been lately?
Many times, we find ourselves “too busy” doing “things”, and we allow the day-to-day activities to get into the way of us spending extra prayer time with God. Our spirit is willing to spend more time in prayer, but we find ourselves not following through on keeping our promises to pray as much as we should. The word of God tells us that we are to always pray. “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; (Luke 18:1) So, that means in our minds as we do our day-to-day activities, we can think and talk to God about the current activity that you are doing. We can pray when we are on our knees, lying in bed, or when we are sitting down, driving, we can and we should be in constant communication with God throughout the day.
A lot of times, when life issues occur, we want to pray then. But if we would take a look at our prayer life regularly, like the word of God tells us to do a periodic checkup… “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates” (2 Corinthians 13:5). When you do this checkup, you will see whether or not your walk has gotten any closer with God? You will see things will not trouble you as easily?
Yes, God said that we will have trials and troubles in this life, but how much easier it would be if we have already put our petition up to God for his protection during those times. Our prayer life will determine how we deal with the attacks and how they affect us.
I had a dream not too long ago that a woman wanted to physically fight me because of something “she had said” and I overheard her say it. So, I confronted her about it, and she was distraught and embarrassed because of what she said, and I had heard it. What she murmured to others was inappropriate and was not true. I told her that I would not physically fight her because I would severely hurt her. I then went on to tell her that I am too wise to fight her in the “physical”; and I said I will fight you with prayer and the word of God. Then I looked to my right, and I saw a curtain, and I pulled it away to take a look behind it and I saw another woman and two younger women talking. The older woman had previously spoken into the woman’s ear that wanted to fight me. It was shown to me (in the dream) that the woman behind the curtain was the one who told her to fight me. As I addressed the woman behind the curtain, I saw Satan himself speak through her as she responded to me. You see, God has warned me about an attack that is forthcoming. It may not be in a woman, it may be a man, it may be a thing, or it may be a situation. Nonetheless, God warns us and let us know in his Word that we need to be prayed up to fight these spirits that are coming against us. – We need to have the power of God to fight these battles. (Ephesians 6:10-20).
The attack reminds me when Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane and he was praying with three of his disciples, (Peter, James, and John). He asked them to tarry and watch with him as he prayed. These men that were close to Jesus, could not even stay with Jesus for one hour of prayer. During the latter part of Jesus’ prayer, Judas, a disciple, came to betray him and turn him over to the high priests. Then the ones who were with Judas laid hands on Jesus and took him. Jesus could have prayed to the Father, and He could have at that moment given Jesus more than twelve legions of angels (Matthew 26:36-46). But, had Jesus prevented the event of him being taken to the high priest, we would not be here today. That was God’s plan for Jesus to what he was instructed to do, so that he could go to the cross and forgive us for our sin and so that we can go to the Father ourselves and pray and not have the priest to go and pray for us once a year as they did back in the old testament. Jesus opened the door for us to have direct contact with the Father in prayer. “Hallelujah!!!” – “Glory Jesus”!!!
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrew 4:14-16)
· Do you see the power of prayer and being close to God and what you can do?
· Do you see that with a close relationship to God, you will be able sensitive to his voice when he speak to you in dreams?
I invite you to examine your prayer life today, and get to know the Power of Prayer!
With Love and For His Glory!
Linda (Faylin) Brown
Women Lifting Up Women For His Glory (c)