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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Why Pray?

Matthew 6: 9 – 13, In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. NKJV
Why should Christians pray? Fortunately, I don’t have to give you any other answer than the one Jesus has already spoken directly to us. God calls us to pray to Him as our heavenly Father for the purpose of inviting His will to be revealed and fulfilled in the earth. Out of all the issues that plague and perplex mankind, Jesus instructs us to pray for the Father’s will to be done on earth, first.
Who better to tell us what and how we should pray than Jesus. After all, He knows the Father like no other. Therefore, we should draw great comfort and strength from the wisdom of Christ concerning our prayer life. (As a Christian, you are called to form and maintain a life of prayer.)
It’s time for believers to begin to take prayer very seriously. If the people of God don’t pray, then the will of God can’t be done on earth as it is in heaven. Please hear me out. God has already bound Himself to the principle of the earth being governed by mankind. The original plan of God was for man to rule on earth in the same way that He rules in heaven. Thankfully, we can see His plan reinstated in the book of Revelation when Jesus comes to earth at the end of the age and establishes His kingdom with His people for one-thousand years.
Since the Creator of heaven and earth has given authority over the earth to man, He has chosen to work through us humans, who have faith in Christ. God desired someone to fellowship with and to co-create with Him; therefore, He created man. When God was ready to establish a covenant in response to the separation of sin, God called on Abraham, a man. When it came time for God to deliver His people, Israel from the land of bondage, God sent Moses, a man. When God needed a prophet, God called Samuel, a man. When God was ready to redeem mankind with His sacrificial Lamb, God used Mary, a woman.
When God wanted the plan of salvation established in the earth so that He could redeem us from the fall of sin, God became flesh, as Jesus the Son of man. Likewise, the Father has placed you in the earth for such a time as this to be a vessel that He can reveal His will to, and that He can depend upon to pray His will into existence in the earth.  
God came to young Jeremiah and asked him what he saw. Jeremiah told God that he saw the bud of an almond tree. Afterwards, God told Jeremiah that He would watch over His word to perform it in the earth. God used the vision and mouth of Jeremiah as His prophet to speak His divine will into this earthly realm. The conduit of the spoken word of Jeremiah empowered God to move in the earth and perform His will. If we aren’t praying, and we’re not speaking the Word of God to the mountain, then we’re tying the hands of God.
The enemy of your faith would love for you to think that praying isn’t your “thing.” Nevertheless, you should tell him that it IS your “responsibility and calling.” When Jesus spoke about prayer in Matthew, He didn’t say, “If you pray” but rather, “When you pray
Praying For God’s Will,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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