What is the Call?
There is a Call to prayer like never before. But, unfortunately, those of us who belong to the body of Christ, who serves the true and living God, will not heed to His important CALL TO PRAYER.
A preacher by the name of E.M. Bounds said:
"God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil." This is one of the reasons we need to not only have "A Call to Prayer", but we must heed to the call. My question to you is . . .
How are you doing in your journey to the Call to Prayer?
If you can begin to master the discipline of prayer, your spiritual life will soar.
Now, we as Christians love to talk about prayer. We love to hear people tell about their answered prayers. We love everything about prayer — except the actual discipline of praying. Why do I say that? Because it is estimated that most Christians pray 3 to 5 minutes a day. If you want to know how far you need to go in your prayer life, let me suggest this test. Compare the time you spend complaining to the time you spend praying or compare the time you spend talking to people about other people to the time you spend talking to God about other people.
We all need to get better, a lot better, in prayer.
Prayer is man's declaration of his dependence on God.
In the United States of America, we have the Declaration of "Independence", but I once heard someone say that in the kingdom of God, Prayer is the Declaration of Dependence.
We are dependent on God.
We don't ever want to act like we're independent of God. We want to depend on God. When you truly depend on God, you have a desire to get his opinion. You have a desire to communicate with him. You have a desire to thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do.
How do we heed to "The Call to Prayer"?
Plan to Pray
If we don't plan to pray, chances are you will not pray. It's as simple as that. One reason you will not pray without an intentional plan is that Satan will make sure you stay too busy to pray. What the devil does not want is for you to cultivate a life of prayer that puts you in intimate communication with God. Do you have a prayer plan? If not make one!
How does one establish a prayer life?
If you are not sure how to pray, don't worry! Everyone had to begin sometime. Follow these simple instructions and watch your prayer life soar!
Just talk with God, respectfully, but openly. Talk with Him as your Father. Jesus taught us to pray, "Our Father . . ."
Recognize God as a loving Father.
Recognize Jesus as a Friend and a Brother.
Recognize the Holy Spirit as your Comforter and Guide.
Come to the Father in Jesus' name.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6) and "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus" (Hebrews 10:19)
Begin your prayer with confession of your unconfessed sins. In this way, the blood of Jesus cleanses us and prepares us to really relate to God. "Enter his gates with thanksgiving. . ." (Psalm 100:4).
Thank God for forgiving your sins, for coming into your life, for making you His child. Then just talk with God, asking Him for whatever you need. Thank Him and praise Him for His answer. Also, spend time asking for His Spirit to help you to pray.
Talk to the Holy Spirit. Tell Him you want to know Him.
"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us . . ." (Romans 8:26).
The Holy Spirit will guide you into all the truth . . .
"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." (John 16:13)
and He will teach you to pray.
It is my prayer that you will hear and heed to "The Call to Prayer" as there is a shift in the atmosphere and changes are taking place. Keep your head up, your ears attentive, and your eyes open as you set a watch for what our heavenly Father is doing.