Foundations and Focus
by Brenda Kuseski
In an earlier issue of PrayerConnect Magazine, Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer, reminds us of the foundations of our prayers, and of five Scriptural examples of ways to pray:
The foundations of prayer-
1. The Sovereignty of God –He is supreme in rank and rule in this universe and beyond, yet he is involved in the affairs of this wold and the details of our lives.
2. The Trinity of God—As Father, he knows our needs and cares for us deeply. As Son, He died for us to be saved from our sin. As Holy Spirit, he empowers us to live the Christian life. We pray to the Father in Jesus’ name and do so in the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. The Power of God—God is all=powerful, and God is able! When we believe in the power of God, we realize we can go to him about anything. We know that he can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime.
[The article goes on to describe five specific circumstances in the Bible when powerful prayer has been used.]
1. Others—Often, we only pray for others when they are in a crisis. But Colossians 1 reminds us that we need to pray daily for our pastors, church leaders, friends, family members, and others in our lives.
Principle here: Pray for others to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in everything, to have God’s perspective and understanding, and to be able to integrate their lives biblically, spiritually, and practically.
2. Open doors—In Colossians 3, Paul asked believers to pray for him—for open doors so that he might proclaim the Gospel clearly.
Principle here: Ask God to open doors for you and all believers to the gospel will be advanced. Deepen your walk with God, and ask him to broaden your influence
3. Battles—In 2 Chronicles 20, God gives instructions to His people in their battle against their enemies:
· Go down against the enemy.
· You do not have to fight this battle on your own.
· Positions yourselves
· See the salvation of the Lord.
· Do not be afraid or discouraged.
· God is with you
Principle here: Give your battles to God. The are not yours, but his. Always remember: He is with you.
4. Miracles—In Joshua 10, Joshua sees the sun and moon stand still as a display of God’s power and promise to help his people.
Principle here: God, the Creator, stopped the sun and the moon in answer to one man’s prayer. We cannot dictate to God what to do, but he responds to courage and faith by doing miracles that bring glory to Himself.
5. Healing—In 2 Kings 20, God answered Elijah’s prayer for King Hezekiah’s healing, and Jesus healed multitudes, so we are encouraged to ask him to give that blessing to others.
Principle here: God will ultimately heal all of us. There are times on this earth when God heals us because His purpose for our life is not yet complete, and because it brings him glory. [adapted]