Pray Diligently!!!

Friday Psalm 145 21

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! We Need To Focus on Prayer!!!

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Colossians 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
Colossians 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
1Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice evermore.
1Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

We read in Colossians Paul seeks to encourage the Colossians about their prayer life. In so doing, he shares with them the characteristics of the prayer life a Christian should devote himself to. This is the kind of praying that is sure to please God.
1. Perceptive praying – “being watchful”
Paul tells us that as we pray, we need to be aware of the battle that is around us. Peter also councils us that we have an enemy who, though he is defeated, has not ceased hostilities.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.
1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
The following story I found on the internet and it works for this. It tells about how during the days of the cold war, a Russian named Ivanovich visited the Moscow Zoo for the first time. “He was given a tour by one of the leaders from the Kremlin. He was amazed to see a display that featured a bear and a lamb in the same age”. The display was labeled “Peaceful Coexistence.” His guide explained that peaceful coexistence was one of the blessings that come from living in a communist society. “Of course,” he said, “We have to put a fresh lamb in the cage every morning.”
There is no such thing as peaceful coexistence with our enemy, the devil. So we need to be involved in perceptive praying. We are also told very plainly that we can’t live for the Lord and in the world.

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies”,
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
2. Praise-filled Praying – “being . . . Thankful”
1Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
1Chronicles 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
1Chronicles 16:10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Paul tells us that as we pray, we need to be aware of the God that is with us.
“Praise is the vital breath of the soul, without it, the Christian soon turns blue.” – Anonymous
“In our society, we focus on what we lack, or what other people have that we don’t, gratitude is the feeling of appreciation for what we already have.” –

As Christians, though we are in the world, we are not to be of the world, and one of the differences between us, as Christ followers and those who do not know Christ should be an “attitude of gratitude.”
If we are not careful, however, we can fall into the trap of the rest of the world, and as a result of “stinking thinking” end up living with a sour, faultfinding, “woe is me” attitude.

“As a cure for the sour, faultfinding attitude, I recommend the cultivation of the habit of thankfulness. Thanksgiving has great curative powers. A thankful heart cannot be cynical.” – A.W. Tozer
Not only does a conscious effort to give thanks to God for His presence with us as made known by the blessings of life keep us from growing cynical and sour, it also leads us to live victoriously as we are reminded of the God’s constant presence with us. He is the God who is with us.
Paul encourages us to keep our eyes on the Lord and acknowledge His presence in our lives by consciously making thanksgiving a vital part of our prayer life. As we do, we are constantly reminded of what Paul tells us in Romans 8:31:
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
3. Purposeful Praying –
Paul tells us that as we pray, we need to be aware of the task that is before us. We need to make prayer for the advance of the Gospel a part of our regular prayer routine.
A. Pray for open doors –
We need to realize that our unbelieving family members, co-workers, and neighbors will spend forever suffering in torment away from the presence of God if they don’t embrace Christ? That realization should drive us to our knees to plead, not only with them to believe the gospel, but with God to save their souls.
“Before Jesus gave up His spirit as He hung on the cross, He took time to pray for those who were murdering Him. He prayed, ‘Father, forgive them;
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Luke 23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
God began to answer His prayer on the Day of Pentecost as some three thousand people repented and were baptized that day, and there have been countless multitudes that have been saved through the centuries. In response to Jesus’ intercession for the transgressors,
Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Lets ask if we have a heart to pray for the lost like Jesus did? If we don’t take our prayer life serious and more important our prayers for the lost we need to fix that. So we must pray for open doors so folks might hear the Gospel and be saved. How can we pray for God to open doors?
1. God draws them to Himself; John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
2. They seek to know God; Act17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
3. Their hearts be prepared for the Gospel; Mark 4:8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
4. Their heart would be enlightened; 2Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5. They believe the Scriptures; 1Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
6. Satan not blind them to truth; Matthew 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
7. The Holy Spirit works in them; John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
John 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
John 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
8. They turn from sin; Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
9. They confess Christ as Lord; Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
10. They come to true repentance; 2Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11. They yield all to follow;
2Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Philippians 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

B. Pray for open mouths – v. 4
Colossians 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
Christians who do not witness are not effective in sharing about Jesus Christ. They may be busy in church; but they are not helping anyone become a Christian. Their lives do not influence other people in a positive way for the Lord.
We are told to go out into the world and give the gospel. Lets work more diligently for this.

RESCUE THE PERISHING
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.
Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive;
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently;
He will forgive if they only believe.
Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way patiently win them;
Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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