April 2020

Praying with Passion - Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing

Some people think I have a passion for prayer. To be honest, that’s really not it. The better answer is that I am painfully aware of my own inability to accomplish anything for God of eternal value with my own strength, wisdom and abilities.

Jesus said, “apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) I like to think He said this for a reason. The truth is, it may even be a bit counter-cultural to have this kind of heavy reliance on prayer. So, I choose to be a rebel.

Jesus also said, “My house will be a house of prayer…” (Luke 19:46) I’d also like to think He said this for a reason as well. So, it only makes sense that a ministry or church that is going to be serious about prayer should be planted and founded on prayer. My prayers. Your prayers. Our prayers.

“Lord, teach us to pray…” was the request made to Jesus. (Luke 11:1) Not “teach us how to give a sermon”, “prepare a good Bible Study” or “worship with a sincere heart.” Even the disciples (who were sometimes somewhat confused and maybe even at times a little clueless) saw the value in prayer.

Prayer can be a forgotten basic of the faith. Prayer is foundational. Without a strong foundation, a building will have issues. The problem is foundations are hidden, out of sight, taken for granted and not given much attention. Not the foundation of Holy Ground International!

Prayer is the currency of the supernatural. If we want to see God do amazing, life changing things we need to deal in God’s currency – not ours.

“Prayer in and of itself possesses no power. Prayer is powerful because God is powerful, and prayer is the means through which Divine Power is released and channeled into our lives. In other words, all the power in prayer is really God’s power activated in prayer.” – Sam Storms

This is why I am so very serious about prayer.

Charles Spurgeon knew he was nothing apart from Christ. For nearly 30 years God filled the Metropolitan Tabernacle with souls hungry for the bread of life as Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” preached the truth of God. Countless souls were ushered into God’s Kingdom through his life and ministry. Spurgeon was always quick to say that prayer was the secret to the success of his ministry. He not only believed that corporate prayer unleashed God’s power, but Spurgeon knew he personally had to be a man of prayer in order to be God’s instrument. He often commented, “Nothing can so gloriously fit you to preach as descending fresh from the mount of communion with God to speak with men.” Without the power of Christ in our lives we can do nothing. It is not that we can do some things, but we can do nothing. Do we dare pray that God would surprise us by His presence and power in our lives? Can we really accept that our efforts are futile without Him?

James 4:2-3 You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Have you ever wondered why some prayers go unanswered? Sometimes the timing of our prayers is not right. At other times our prayers may be focused on wrong issues, or our motives or intent in asking may be off track. And, as hard as it is to admit, there may be those times when we do not see answered prayer because we simply have not prayed about a matter. Andrew Murray, South African pastor and theologian, once said, “God must give, we must ask.”

His statement reminds us that as followers of Christ our role in prayer is not to tell God how to answer our prayers, or when to answer our prayers. We are to be faithful in our task of asking.

James challenges us, as believers to evaluate our faithfulness in asking and to be sure we pray with proper motives. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 3:20 when God answers prayer it is usually, “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Will we ask?

We will keep praying for others and ourselves to walk in the will God has for us. We will keep believing God’s Spirit will lead and guide and we will keep trusting our prayers will be answered and the doors of our destiny will be opened!

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