If we ONLY fully comprehended the Power of Our prayers, perhaps it's the reason why the word
"pray" occurs 313 times in 306 verses in the KJV.
Is the Lord imploring us to pray? Yes, by all means. He tells us that we should bring EVERYTHING to Him in prayer and supplication. We all know what prayer means (to one degree or another) BUT are you clear about what supplication means? (see below)
I have had the incredible honor, pleasure and good fortune to have had a glimpse of the Hand of the Almighty! In spectacular display after spectacular display of Specific Answered Prayers! When we come into a position of right standing with the Lord, we develop a bond of closeness where our petitions are heard, addressed and tended to. This increases our faith, encourages us to pray and to pray more effectively, specifically, more earnestly, for the welfare of others as well as ourselves!
Who is not familiar with the experience of maybe going to a parent with a request and being told, either; A. Well, I suppose we can arrange for that, you are doing good in school, you've got all of your chores done, etc etc. or B. Not so fast, you need to improve this or that, you haven't completed this or that, I understand you want this, but you have other responsibilities which must be met still.
I'm not suggesting that we can earn an answered prayer (after all, every prayer is answered perfectly, because God is able, true and worthy) BUT it is truthful to say that when we are in a position of obedience, we have direct access to the ear of the Almighty, He inclines His ear to our requests*. In all truthfulness, those who are righteous, who are obedient have learned HOW & WHAT pray! That is the point as to why God is more inclined.
* 1 Peter 3;12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.At any moment, the condition of your own heart and mind (if so aligned with the almighty) can implore Him to immediate and precise response! When we are indignant over an injustice, empathetic to a child who is sick, or desperate for an escape of immediate harm...God is a loving parent and will always do what is best based on EVERY possible outcome, result and obstacle. He takes things into account that we, with our limited understanding can not possibly comprehend and that's why, We just have to Trust Him, especially when its not clearly apparent why something had to happen the way that it did! You may never find out "WHY" until you get to heaven (and it just might be the reason that You do wind up in Heaven) its His domain and He works in Mysterious, wondrous ways!
Once we have established all the criteria; attitude, adversary, challenge, confidence, necessity, praise, source, etc., we can then tap into the POWER of Gods word, for our on benefit, as well as for others!
Phillipians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Have a Blessed week and DONT forget to pray!
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The word SUPPLICATION (δέησις)
Outline of Biblical Usage
- need, indigence, want, privation, penury
- a seeking, asking, entreating, entreaty to God or to manStrong's Number G1162 matches the Greek δέησις (deēsis),
which occurs 19 times in 17 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer G1162 is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Luk 2:37And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers G1162 night and day.
Luk 5:33And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, G1162 and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
Act 1:14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, G1162 with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Rom 10:1Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer G1162 to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2Co 1:11Ye also helping together by prayer G1162 for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
2Co 9:14And by their prayer G1162 for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
Phl 1:19For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, G1162 and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Phl 4:6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication G1162 with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1Ti 2:1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, G1162 prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 5:5Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications G1162 and prayers night and day.
2Ti 1:3I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers G1162 night and day;
Heb 5:7Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers G1162 and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
Jas 5:16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer G1162 of a righteous man availeth much.
1Pe 3:12For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: G1162 but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.