THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 41: What Does Constant Prayer Mean? (Luke 18: 1)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: John paused a moment when asked the question what do you pray for regarding a lost church house, Pastor, ministers, deacons, pew members etc.? The brother new to the faith thought there must be a particular prayer or one specific for all the saints. But John cautioned him and said “What Saints.” Those that have left God and placed man before Christ the Savior and God the Father need to be saved. Thus the proper prayer is for them to be saved. Meanwhile he also said I (or we) cannot pray my children to salvation nor can we pray a lost church house the Pastor and members to salvation. They have to first accept Christ.
The brother was now confused as he thought that a title automatically meant one is saved or the mere fact the person had verbally accepted Jesus Christ before the open church. However John told him that being saved comes with responsibility. You have to keep God First and stay in prayer to be saved. Those that have forsaken God for a funky, dirty, nasty dollar bill have embraced the world and not God.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
One must be persistent in prayer. Thus we pray daily and without ceasing. Also we realize that our prayers do not always have an instant solution. Therefore we pray in hope with joy that comes only by believing and having faith.
In this over-all discussion we hope to cover the most prominent scriptures in the Bible regarding prayer. Also we may mention several scriptures at different times and places in our extensive discussion. However we trust that you will be able to see the relationship of the scripture at the place in which it is inserted.
At the 18th Division of Luke Jesus teaches about the Parable of the woman and the judge at verses 1-8. But we are only concerned with the first verse for our discussion. We will begin there.
Luke 18: 1: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
The Judge although he did not fear God was moved by the persistent prayer of the widow. Thus he eventually granted her request. The phrase in our primary verse that says “always and not to faint,” means to be always a praying disciple, and not hesitate or falter just because one’s plea is not answered as soon as expected.
We will now note several prominent cross references.
Ephesians 6: 18: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
The verse is fairly self explanatory as we are instructed to pray always and never cease in our prayer life. We are also told that there are various kinds of prayers and some are noted here. Supplication is a more intense pleading in prayer. “In the Spirit,” means that the prayer must be scriptural. Jesus taught the disciples to watch and pray (Matthew 26: 41). Meanwhile perseverance means that we are to exercise patience in our service to Christ. This patience comes even when the conditions seem to be unfavorable. So we serve God during the good and bad times. Our last phrase “for all the saints,” means we should pray for self and for the other brethren in the service of the Lord.
Now turn with us to Romans and another scriptural reference regarding our need to pray constantly.
Romans 12: 12: “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.”
“Rejoicing in hope,” what does it mean? As Christians we do not always have to have the victory at hand to rejoice in the Lord. We can thus rejoice over the hope of receiving it. This will allow us to be patient in times of tribulation while we continue to stay in prayer.
Our final scripture reference comes from Colossians follow us there for another blessing of the Word of God.
Colossians 4: 2: “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”
When we continue in prayer we demonstrate a life that is devoted to God. Thus all of the things we do are involved in our prayer life. Most of all the things that we do in His service are always brought up in prayer. Watching has to do with our conduct as we go about as servants of the Lord. Our mood also is one of thanksgiving as we see the generosity and gratitude of God as we are thankful for His mercy.
Will pray in all times the good and the bad? Just how can we gain joy out of adversities? Is there always hope in prayer and the promise of Peace and Paradise to the faithful?
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 19 November 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
All rights reserved FreedomJournal Press 2009.