Galatians 6:7-10 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” NKJV
It is imperative and vital that we have a Prayer Perspective and Purpose but there are yet more ingredients necessary if we are to learn to Persist, Persevere and Overcome in Prayer. We must have a Prayer Purpose. The disciples clearly understood this as is reflected in Acts 11:22-23, “Then news of these things came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to go as far as Antioch. 23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.”
To Pray with Purpose is to Pray with Desire. Psalm 38:9, “Lord, all my desire is before you.” Mark 11:24, “…what things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” I believe that goals or specifics are important in prayer. It is important to establish a target on which we focus in our petitions. Let me suggest a three-fold statement which expresses our reason and purpose in prayer.
- I Pray because it Pleases God.
- I Pray because it Helps Me Grow.
- I pray because it Touches Others.
We also need to have a Prayer Plan. I believe that prayer is learned, cultivated, and can be taught, otherwise, the request of the disciples would have incurred a rebuke from the Lord. They asked, “Lord teach us to pray” and He gave them an example. Note Luke 11:1, “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” His instruction included some clearly defined elements that are valuable for us to consider. It begins and ends with worship. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name.” (Matthew 6:9) “…for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.” (Matthew 6:13). It includes Intercession as we lift the needs of others before the throne. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done…” (Matthew 6:10) and Petition, “Give us this day our daily bread…” (Matthew 6:11).
There is nothing wrong with bringing our personal needs before God for God is honored when we seek him asking His blessing upon our lives. Consider the prayer and example of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10, “And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So, God granted him what he requested.” He prayed BLESS ME INDEED! We dare not omit Bible Reading from our daily process for it gives strength and foundation for our prayers. We also must not omit Confession as reflected in Matthew 6:12, “…forgive us our debts (sins)…” And Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…”
I will once again pause and come back at least one more time in suggesting vital elements and ingredients in Persistence in Prayer and learning Perseverance. May the Lord richly bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in him!