AND PRAY

Matt 17:21

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Prayer puts God’s work in God’s hands. God is in heaven with open hands waiting for us to pray. He is ready to answer if we will just pray. In the Bible, we find three things to do when you pray. We are to:

Fast and Pray – Matt 17:21. Fasting and praying must certainly be one of the most powerful ways to pray. Esther asked all the Jews in Shushan to fast for three days while she and her maidens fasted before she approached Ahasuerus with her request. God miraculously opened the way for her before the king. And God saved the Jews from Haman’s wicked decree.

In Jon 3:5-10 the king of Nineveh proclaimed a fast and the people cried mightily unto God and God repented of the evil that he had said he would do to them. The church in Antioch fast and prayed before sending Paul and Barnabas out, Acts 13:2-3. When they ordained elders in every church, Paul and Barnabas fasted and prayed, Acts 14:23. You should fast and pray.

Watch and Pray – Mk 14:38. When Peter fell asleep in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus told him to “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” There are so many ways to fall prey to temptation these days. As Jesus said, “The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Indeed. The remedy is to watch and pray. Like Peter said, in 1 Pet 5:8, “be vigilant.”

Watching, as in 2 Cor 11:27, is also praying in the night as Jesus did in Lk 6:12 or Mk 1:35. And though Mk 13:33 is about watching for the second coming of Jesus, we should watch and pray in anticipation of his return for us at the rapture. Christians used to talk more about the coming of the Lord in the 60’s and 70’s than they do today and we are fifty years closer to his return than we were back then.

Thanks and Pray – Col 4:2. “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving keeps the hands of God open. Be thankful to God in all things and for all things. Paul said in Phil 4:6, “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” He gave us the “formula” if you will. As children, we were taught to say please and thank you. If that was a good instruction for our manners toward men, it’s an even better instruction for our manners with God.

Conclusion: Remember these three things to do when you pray: fast and pray, watch and pray, and thanks and pray.

 

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  1. Dear Jerome, Thanks for your article. I believe in fasting also, as a normal part of being in a relationship with the great King of Kings. Currently, I am fasting for wisdom for personal questions, and the peace of the election cycle ending November 3, 2020 in my home state of Minnesota and in the United States. If you are led, please consider lifting us up in your prayers. I don’t yet fully understand why, but for some reason this is a place in the throes of a massive spiritual battle. The wrongful death of George Floyd and destructive aftermath is just the tip of the iceberg. We need to address the spiritual root judgments and separations with our Father that are spilling over and manifesting as acts of cultural revolution, and political and spiritual judgments and separations. Please consider that the Lord will embolden the faith of the Church here, and cause us to stand for His Kingdom in humility. As believers, we get to be the “glue” of society because we have tasted the Lord’s favor and forgiveness to all people, at all times; everywhere. In mourning and repentance, JD Orvis Pray ThroughHistory

    • Hi JD, your comment is well received, and I agree with you 100 %. And yes, I’m praying for this election that God’s will be done. I do also live in the USA, Florida. I know how important this election is, we as Christian need to be on one accord. Jerome

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