My youngest daughter gave me
one of those new picture frames that you can download pictures on, and they
play as a slide show all day long. I have pictures of about all of my family
members, and pictures of friends. A lot of these pictures were taken when
family and friends came home for my Mama's Home Going, so again, when I say
I have pictures of a lot of people, I mean hundreds.
I walk by this picture frame
many times during the day. One day as I was walking passed the frame, I
looked at the picture that was showing at the time, and God spoke to my
spirit and said, "Pray for that Person." I thought, WOW, God what a good
idea You have given me, so from that day forward as I walk by the frame, I
look at it and see whose picture is showing. As I see the face in the
picture, I say a little prayer for that person. I feel in my heart that God
has a certain picture show up for a certain person for a certain time just
for me to lift them up in prayer. There has been times that I have talked
to one of those person on the phone, and they will say, "you know, I was
having a bad day, and all of a sudden it turned around for no reason at
all." I will laugh and then say thank you Lord for answering my prayer. So,
I want to encourage all of you that do pray
during the day, do not stop. Because you never know whose face God will put
in your heart to pray for in their time of struggle or need.
Please always remember the
importance of reverence and
humility in prayer. Let us never forget who we are and what a solemn thing
it is to speak with God. We must remember that when we pray we are on holy
Also do not forget
the importance of praying spiritually.
We must labor to have the help of the Spirit in our prayers.
It is very
importance of making prayer a regular business of
our lives. Just as we give time each day to eating, sleeping, and work, so
we ought to give time everyday to prayer. It is a good practice to speak
with God before we speak with the world, and to speak with God at night when
we are done with the world. Prayer should be one of the great parts of our
It is most important that you
keep a perseverance in prayer.
If you have begun the habit never give it up. Your body will say, "I am to
tired to pray today", your mind, "It has been a long day, skip just this
once". Think and remember that these suggestions
come straight from Satan. A Christian never finds he loses out, in the long
run, by persevering in prayer. I remember a story I read once, I think it
was of the Reformer Martin Luther. He had a long day before him, in speaking
to a friend, his comment was, "I must rise extra early to pray".
earnestness in prayer. We should be hearty,
fervent, and warm, and ask as if we are interested in what we are praying.
in and by faith. We should cultivate the habit of
expecting answers to our prayers. Robert Trail says, "There is no surer mark
of trifling in prayer, than when men are careless what they get by prayer."
bold in prayer. It was said of Luther's
prayers, "What spirit, what a confidence was in his very expressions! With
such a reverence he sued, as one begging of God, and yet with such hope and
assurance, as if he spake with a loving father or friend."
Fullness in prayer is very
important. We are not likely in this day and age to be guilty of
praying too long or too much. Our private times with God are often just
enough to prove our spiritual life is existent. How many of us have so much
fullness in our prayers that our cup is overflowing?
As you pray be
particularity in prayer. We should specify
our wants before the throne of grace and not be content with general
petitions. It is not enough to confess we are sinners, we need to name and
confess our sins. It is not enough to tell the Lord we are in trouble, we
need to describe our trouble and all its peculiarities. This is what Jacob
did when he feared his brother Esau (Genesis
32:11) Remember every and anything that has a name must
fall under the Name and by the Blood of Jesus.
thankfulness in prayers. Asking of God is one
thing, praising Him is quite another. George Whitfield was known to be
running over with thankfulness in his prayers, let us be as well.
Lastly, but not lest remember
the importance of watchfulness over your prayers. It is in prayer
that true religion begins and here it flourishes, and here it decays. Prayer
is a spiritual pulse, find out the state of some ones prayers and you have
found out the state of their soul.
I offer these to you for your private
consideration. The one person I know of who most needs to be reminded of
these things is myself. May the times we live in be praying times and the
Christians be praying Christians and may it be as it has historically been,
when the faithful pray, God sends revival, which sadly has been absent from
our nation since the revival of 1858.