Prayer: Volume 1: A Call to Prayer

Prayer: Volume 1: A Call to Prayer

by David Williamson
     
 

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Why limit prayer, when God gives breathtaking answers to prayer. Prayer has great power and brings wonderful results. It is like unleashing a dam of water, it brings change.

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Why limit prayer, when God gives breathtaking answers to prayer. Prayer has great power and brings wonderful results. It is like unleashing a dam of water, it brings change.

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ISBN-13:
9781425136024
Publisher:
Trafford Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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Prayer

A Force that Causes Change


By David Williamson

Trafford Publishing

Copyright © 2008 David A. Williamson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4251-3602-4



CHAPTER 1

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PRAYER


Many years ago, when I was a little boy, we did not have color TV. This was not unusual, most people did not have a color set, because there was very few color sets and little if any color programming. However, slowly that began to change. For us it changed one Sunday night when we got invited to dinner at our minister's house. We had dinner and then we watched TV. This was a common practice for Sunday nights, but this night we watched color TV. The first program we watched was the Walt Disney Show and on that night he introduced the world to the program "The Wonderful World of Color". It was wonderful! Now it is hard to imagine how wonderful because everyone watches in color, with High Definition and plasma screens. Unless you lived through the time before color, the shock of seeing color for the first time is hard to fathom. However, I still remember the awe I felt watching "The Wonderful World of Color" for the first time.

There is another wonderful world out there as well. It is the wonderful world of prayer, and it is far more wonderful than seeing color for the first time. The wonderful world of prayer is a place without compare. The beauty, grandeur, sensations, and color all comes from the majesty of God. It is He who makes this world of prayer wonderful. Daily you and I are invited to enter His world of prayer. This is the ultimate invitation this side of Heaven.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

HEBREWS 4:16 (NKJV)


Recently I was reading about the Tabernacle Moses built in the desert and the Temple Solomon built in Jerusalem. As you read of these, visualize the descriptions. Think what it must have looked like. With all that gold, silver, and bronze, they must have taken ones breath away. In Germany there are grand castles, many unique and interesting, but one is like a fairy tale castle. This is Neuschwanstein Castle. In this castle is a throne room. The grandeur of this room and the way it is decorated helps me to imagine how the Tabernacle and Temple must have looked. It is grand and they were wonderful, yet the wonderful world of prayer exceeds them all; it is wonderful for here God is present.

I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.

PSALM 145:5 (NKJV)


The glorious, majestic, mighty God is inviting us to join with Him day and night. His presence is grander than any amount of gold or silver. He is grander than any earthly representation of Heaven, grand as these were. The best part of the wonderful world of prayer; you have been invited to come, and this invitation is for every day.

The gold, silver, and bronze of the Tabernacle and Temple made them beautiful, the presence of God made them glorious. The presence of God makes the wonderful world of prayer wonderful. Those who do not know what I mean are like people when I was a boy, in the time before color TV. We just did not know what we were missing. It was TV and that was all there was. However, once we saw color we knew a new world. Black and white was flat, empty, and boring when compared to color. Life without prayer is all many people know. They strive to enjoy their world and even make great claims as to the wonders of their world. Their claims are like ours of the black and white days. We saw tigers on TV, but until you have seen a tiger in color you have not seen a tiger. Life without prayer is a black and white tiger.

In prayer, daily you have an invitation to come boldly before God. Men and women of the Bible have gone into many of the great throne rooms of the world. Moses before Pharaoh, Ester before Ahasuerus, Jesus before Pilate, Paul before Claudius, and many others stood in great throne rooms. However, none of these throne rooms can compare to the wonderful presence of God in His throne room. When Moses went into the Tent of Meeting and the presence of God would come in with him, the result was Moses' face would glow; this gives us a glimpse of the wonder of being in the presence of God. And this was under the old Covenant and we are under a better Covenant. The wonderful world of prayer is wonderful.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

HEBREWS 4:16 (NKJV)


Today let us come boldly before His throne, let us pray. God has made a way for us to come, He has called us to come, and He has promised to be there for us. Our part is to come to Him. We must break free from the hindrances and shackles that would keep us from prayer. What can we change in our daily living so prayer has a prominent place in our life? What will we change? What mental hang ups and hindrances can we permit the Holy Spirit to deal with so we can come freely before God? What will we permit Him to deal with? What change of heart can we make that will allow a freedom with God like David enjoyed.

There is a place open to all who will come; it is the wonderful world of prayer. There is no place like it anywhere on earth. Yet, few come to this place, not knowing of this place or not choosing to come. Even some of the people who pray choose to remain in the anterooms and never see the wonder of His throne room.

Many of you know of the wonderful place of prayer, it is a place you visit often. For you my prayer is that you will visit and explore this place more and more. I also pray that you will tell others about the wonderful world of prayer so they to will pray. Let us be people who come in and enjoy and experience the wonder of this place. Let us be the people who tell others about the wonders of this place; the wonderful world of prayer.

Let us pray!

CHAPTER 2

"3RS" OF PRAYER


To stand firm, continue to function, and last a long time a building must have a good foundation. Jesus taught the fate of any building lacking this key ingredient; without a good foundation a building is bound for destruction. The same principal is true for a prayer life; without a firm foundation, a prayer life will be shipwrecked and fail when facing difficulties and pressure. To avoid failure we must build our prayer life on a firm foundation. The foundation for our prayer life must be Jesus Christ. This is the foundation for every aspect of the Christian life, if we want it to be strong and to last, there can be no foundation other than Jesus Christ. Men have tried everything to avoid this rule; longing to be self reliant. They have tried money, position, and power, but bottom line, there is no sure foundation other than Jesus.

This foundation is built on relationship with God, purchased by Jesus and accepted by each person who longs to build. For men and women who call on Him, those who depend on Him as their Lord and Savior, He is their foundation. He is a sure foundation for our life and for our prayer life as well. Without this foundation a prayer life is wasted time. He alone is our foundation for our prayer life.

But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

ROMANS 10:8-13 (NKJV)


With this foundation we build a Christian life, and on this foundation we can build, line upon line, step-by-step, a prayer life. In constructing a prayer life, like the basics in many subjects, there are building blocks.

Building blocks are simple and often they can be summed up in short phrases. However, often these building blocks take a lifetime to fully plumb, to explore their depth and breadth. The simple phrase the "3Rs" speaks of the basics of education; reading, writing, and arithmetic. Students from kindergarten to those earning a PhD, learn based on these building blocks. In prayer there are many building blocks, but there are 3 basics. I have entitled these the "3Rs". They are basics of a prayer life, relationship, reality, and regularity.


RELATIONSHIP

When the Disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, His lesson began with relationship. He began teaching them to pray with the words, "Our Father". Our Lord's model prayer, the guide for teaching prayer, begins with relationship; this is the first building block of a prayer. Prayer, real prayer, is relationship; it is our Father listening to His children. Basic to relationship in prayer is settling a key question. The question is one Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do you say I am?"

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"

So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

MATTHEW 16:13-15 (NKJV)


Relationship begins with our response to this question, "Who do you say I am." Jesus asked this question of His disciples and now He asks it of us. We know Peter's answer.

Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

MATTHEW 16:16 (NKJV)


Jesus asks us this same question, relationship in prayer begins if we can answer, with our heart felt answer, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God". This is the beginning of our salvation and the beginning of relationship with the Father. Without this relationship there can be no prayer life. Prayer is for those who can say, Our Father. Prayer is for sons and daughters and prayer is lifted to the Father.

When you study the lives of great men and women of prayer, one constant factor in their life shows up repeatedly. They came from every walk of life, spoke many languages, had a variety of jobs, had been rich and poor, but one constant was their close relationship to the Father through Jesus Christ. If we desire to pray, if we choose to have a prayer life where our prayer gains answers, we must build our prayer life on relationship with the Father.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me".

JOHN 14:6 (NKJV)

For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

EPHESIANS 2:18 (NKJV)


Relationship grows; we grow in our understanding of all it means and all it provides. We mature in our relationship with the Father. A growing, maturing relationship is a building block of prayer.


REALITY

There is a lot of talk about reality today. The reality craze has even swept across American TV. People are placed in unique places and situation, then the audience watches them deal with problems. This is called reality. But it is not, it is just a new form of daredevil shows, they have been around for years. People will do anything for a price and people will pay to watch them do it. Today's versions are just calculated situations geared to gain an adrenaline rush for the participants and audience, plus a financial gain for the show's owners, but this is not reality.

While shows like this are not reality, reality does exist. God is real and His Word (The Bible) is reality. What He says in His Word is the ultimate reality; it never changes, it always comes to pass. God speaks from complete understanding; He knows the end from the beginning, and He is not limited by the limitations that plague humans with their limited perspective and understanding. What He says in the Bible is His word on the subject, the final word. This is reality.

Prayer must be built on this reality. God has made statements concerning prayer. He claims to listen to and answer prayer. This is reality.

And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

JOHN 14:13-14 (NKJV)

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

LUKE 11:9-10 (NKJV)


The reality of a situation is not the problem or need; the reality is that God is able and willing to listen to and answer our prayers. This is a building block of a prayer life.

There is another aspect of reality in our prayers. Reality is that we are who God says we are.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

1 PETER 2:9 (NKJV)

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2 PETER 1:3-4 (NKJV)


Those who know who they are in Christ can pray with power. Those who know they are sons or daughters of the Father can pray with power. King David had been king for many years before he perceived that he was king. Too often Christians are limited in their prayers because they have not come to the point of perceiving who they are in Christ. Sons and daughters of the King, joint heirs with Christ have privileges. The privilege of sons and daughters in prayer; is access to the Father. We can come boldly to the throne in time of need. We can come boldly and get answers to our prayers. This changes our prayers; powerful prayer comes from understanding who and what we are.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

HEBREWS 4:16 (NKJV)


REGULARITY

When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He said, "When you pray." The third point of our basics is regular prayer. Success in prayer comes from regular times with the Father in prayer. When we spend time with Him, regular time, there is a growth in our prayers. Often a prayer life is based on emergencies, people pray when they have a problem. However, growth in prayer comes not from the emergency times, but from the consistent regular prayers. Mastery in prayer is learned. This is the example of Jesus; His prayer life was regular meeting consistently with the Father.

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

MARK 1:35 (NKJV)


Habits are made, and for us to be successful in prayer we must cultivate the habit of prayer. This habit needs a regular time and place. It demands our diligent attendance and participation. A habit of prayer, fostered with great care, will yield a man or women of prayer. The daily life of great men and women of prayer is filled with their long held habit, they regularly prayed. It is only in these habitual times, the day-after-day times of prayer, when the lessons of prayer are taught and it is only here that the lessons of prayer are learned. This was the lesson Jesus demonstrated to His disciples, He was a man of regular prayer and He continues to demonstrate this habit of regular prayer.

So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.

LUKE 5:16 (NKJV)

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

HEBREWS 7:25 (NKJV)


To be effective in prayer, prayer must become a habit. This habit must be one we cultivate and make our own. With the habit of regular prayer we will grow and mature in prayer.


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