Partner With God

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (Jms. 5:16)

It is said that “seven days without prayer makes one weak”. We all smile when we hear that, yet how true it is. Prayer changes things, prayer makes things happen. In the above verse we read that prayer done in the right way and with the right heart “availeth much” or consistently makes an impact.

Prayer can be a wonderful stroll to streams of refreshing or a season of spiritual training in the wilderness, but no matter when or where the journey goes, prayer will make a difference in how it turns out. Just ask the wife who is praying for the salvation of her husband or the father who has a son away at war, prayer can become a journey of purpose.

The #3 Reason to Pray: Partnership with God!

Jesus taught us to pray in partnership with the purposes of God. He said, “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Mt. 6:9-10). The Will of God is simple “on Earth as it is in Heaven”. Its not complicated at all; if its happening in Heaven, then God seems to suggest, it is designed to be happening on Earth. How much of Heaven can we realistically expect? Well, I don’t know for sure, but certainly more than we have now. I think the more fitting question is how much do we want?

Praying with Purpose:

The Apostle James tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from you, draw near to God and He will draw near to you (Jms. 4:7-8). Praying with purpose to me is all about being God’s partner in the work of His heart. I find that every decision in my life effects others and God is the only one with a “big picture” view of reality. I pray for revelation, wisdom and closeness to God, because the more I gain His mind, the more I understand and feel equipped to do what is right. The Apostle Paul called this process co-laboring with Christ… I call it partnership. I am always in training for reigning. The “Christ’ inside of me is leading me toward victory and triumph, because He is advancing His Kingdom through me. Demons flee, sickness is healed, broken-ness restored, all by the power that works in me.

Seeking God’s Heart:

When Jesus was here on earth He was our perfect role model for the right way to pray. He said; “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (Jn. 5:19). Jesus consulted his Father in prayer and He only did what the Father said to do. We cannot go wrong if we use His example and find God’s heart in prayer. Once we have God’s heart about our issue, there is another Scripture that promises our success. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him” (1 Jn. 5:14-15).

The true power of prayer is coming into agreement with God’s will and purpose… Partnership!

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