Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- December 17, 2012
“But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” Luke 1:13
Men who pray serve a big God. They are not confused regarding their role of depending on Christ and His role to release His wisdom. Praying men rest assured that Almighty God has got it. They take heart that the Lord Almighty, who created the heavens and the earth, can create opportunities and give guidance under the Holy Spirit’s leadership. Prayer puts a man in a position to gain knowledge of the Holy Spirit, and how to act on that knowledge. Prayer produces wisdom.
Are your family and friends under the canopy of your prayers in Jesus’ name? Your private prayers are the first line of defense for your loved ones. Do you call them by name to the One who named mankind? Pray for your wife to feel confident in her inner beauty in Christ. Pray for your child to stand firm in his faith under the enemy’s fire. Pray for opportunities to be like Jesus and share Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.
“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.” Colossians 4:3
We pray as desperate men, because we are desperate for God. We pray as confident men, because our focus is on our heavenly Father. We pray weeping, when our hearts our heavy. We pray praising, when our hearts are grateful. We pray in faith, because our trust is in the Faithful One. We pray because Abraham, David, Zechariah and Jesus all prayed.
Therefore, persevere in your prayers–especially when heaven seems silent. Keep your eyes on Jesus, He will not let you down. Pray more for the needs of others in unselfish service. Your prayers matter to God and they matter to those you mention to God. Your prayers matter to you as they mature your faith. Pray as your first priority and not your last resort. Trust the Lord as a praying man and He will trust you with His favor.
“The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer.” Psalm 6:9
Prayer: Heavenly Father, my prayer is to be a man of prayer, for Your glory.
Related Readings: Psalm 90:1, 109:4; Daniel 9:21; 2 Corinthians 1:11; 7:5
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