Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Power of Prayers


Ps 61:1-8
1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Whenever David found himself in a tight sport, he instinctively turn to God in prayer. Prayer is the natural breath of of the believer. It enables you to accomplish what you cannot accomplish by yourself.

First, prayer enables you to reach farther (v.2)
David was homesick. Although he was away from Jerusalem, he was not away from God. No matter where you are, you can reach out through prayer and touch the lives of family, friends, and missionaries.

Second, prayer enables you to go higher. (v.2) David was overwhelmed and wrapped in gloom.
When he prayed, God lifted him up and put him on a high rock, in a tower that He built for him. (v.3)
Prayer puts you on the mountaintop and enables you to get a clear perspective of your situation.

Third, prayer enables you come closer.(v.4) "The shelter of your wings" is not referring to a mother hen gathering her chicks before a storm breaks; it is talking about getting under the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies. Through Jesus you can enter into the presence of God and dwell under His wings.

Fourth, Prayer enables you to grow richer.(v.5)
In prayer you draw upon the heritage you have in Jesus Christ
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3)

Fifth, prayer enables you to live fuller. (vv. 6-7)
It's not the length of life that counts but the depth. Prayer puts depth into your life. Pity the people who depend upon worldly entertainment instead of the fulness of life in Christ.

Finally, prayer enables you to be happier.(v.8) Prayer and praise always go together. David starts out crying and ends up praising. He starts out out praying and ends up rejoicing. Spend time with the LORD in prayer. It will change your life.

Something to think about:
Evaluate your praying. Is it accomplishing in your what it accomplished in David's? If not, spend more time in prayer and determine to experience its accomplishment in your life.

Taken from the daily devotional Prayer, Praise & Promises by Warren W, Wiersbe. (June 14 devotional)

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