Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
First, let me invite you to join us next Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 at the church. It is First Wednesday, when we come to call upon the Lord together. You need only bring your willingness to ask for His help, and to join in prayer for others’ needs as well. Here are a few of the many verses that encourage us to pray:
“Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men (mankind); for kings and all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:1-4
“And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful [ones], who will be able to teach others also.”
2 Timothy 2:2
Paul wrote the verses you just read above to his protégé, Timothy, strongly urging him to lead the people into the good work of prayer and praise. Prayer, which is essentially the privilege, through faith in Jesus and in the authority of His Name, of speaking to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit about the needs and concerns in your life, those near you, people in authority where you live, and as far reaching as all mankind.
Look again at the first line in the scripture above. You can see that there are several modes of what we enter into in the spiritual realm when we pray.
- Supplication is the work of supplying and applying the authority of Jesus’ Name to a person or situation you speak about in prayer, for Jesus supplies power, faith, and deliverance in partnership with prayer.
- Prayer is simply, humbly asking for any need to be met. Jesus was so bold as to say in John 15:7-8 that if we ask anything in His Name it shall be done for us. (Let me offer you the condition for answered prayer found in a number scriptures – that is, that you have His Word living in you, and that you obey the commands you have received from Him. John 14:21 is an excellent example.)
- Intercession is the work of prayer and ministry in which you talk to God about the needs of someone you are concerned about – especially that they be saved and truly know the Lord, and also presenting such a person to the Lord for wholeness, even physical healing, as in Mark 2.
- Giving of thanks. Don’t forget giving of thanks whenever you call on the Lord. This is the joyful work of giving praise to God in and for all things. Praise is grand when things are great. Praise given in the day of trouble opens your eyes to His way of deliverance. Prayer and praise increase peace in your heart and mind.
Jesus said it clearly when He cleansed the old Jerusalem temple, saying, “My house shall be a house of prayer for the nations…”. He was going beyond the stone building called the temple. Have you learned that because you receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, and live to believe and obey Him, you are His “house” on earth now? So, think of it again – “My house shall be a house of prayer”. Are you becoming His house of prayer? You personally, your home, and your church family are His “house of prayer”, the place where you and others can meet Him, experience His love for you, and apply the power He supplies for your faith-walk with Him.
Prayer is where you send and receive much of the Kingdom’s business. Come Wednesday and simply join in prayer.