Women in Prayer -In A Prayerful Spirit

Heavenly Notes
TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen Prayers & Devotions
Book:  “Women in Prayer”
Author: TheologyGirl-JoyPalsNetwork-ReformedWomen
Excerpt from Chapter 1, Summary Commentary

“Pray without ceasing.”  1 Thess 5:17

“Prayer is beyond any question the highest activity of the human soul.  Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God.” __D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“We know and understand that God, in eternity past, did sovereignly elect each child of God (of every nation, type, kind and stripe) by His predeterminate counsel and will and that their salvation would be revealed in time in their hearts and understanding; that their path in this life is also predeterminate by His will and design and that all matters are predetermined by Him for His glory as taught in His Word. Thus, we know that as it relates to prayer that as a foundation of truth, we understand that God reveals His Son in us and at the point of revelation in our individual lives, we will, without a doubt, confess Him as our Lord and God and we will do that in prayer and public profession. “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:8-10

In that salvation confession is all the gifts of God’s grace, spirit and redemption and thus the Holy Spirit and gift of communication with our Heavenly Father. We are His and He is ours and we become one in communication with Him. We are His children and as our Heavenly Father, we will, by His indwelling Holy Spirit desire to communicate with Him at the time of our knowledge of salvation and throughout our Christian lives. Thus, it is a fruit of the Spirit and reflects our relationship with Christ. It is a part of our communication, obedience, holiness, community, comfort, growing, loving, caring and knowing our Sovereign God. It is as R.C. Sproul has said in his little book “Prayer Changes Things,”: “Prayer is to the Christian what breath is to life” and that this means that if we are “breathing and living” human beings that belong to Christ, we will pray and want to commune with our God for the Scriptures says, “In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.'”  Acts 17:28   Do we do it perfectly? No, we do not but we are called upon to “pray without ceasing” and that means all the time, in all kinds of ways, as children who are totally dependent upon their Heavenly Father for all things. “What do we have that we did not receive” (1 Co 4:7) saith the Scripture? Everything, life, breath, eternity, salvation, every moment of every day, every cell, everything, without exception, we owe to our God and everything, without exception, is in His sovereign hands to do whatsoever He wills for His own glory and plans. How can it be that His children, who have been given the jewels of the Kingdom of God here on earth and in heaven forever do not want to give Him a few moments in prayer? No, we are sinning children because we are not obedient in these things and thus in all these matters that are related to prayer as outlined above, what we are “made” of in our relationship to Christ and that we must press on in holiness, godliness and obedience to “make our calling and election sure” and in how we communicate with our God on a daily basis.  Sproul says, “the neglect of prayer is a major cause of stagnation in the Christian life” not meaning that God is “stagnated” but rather that we are and that we are the ones who have missed the blessing of communing with God and the refreshing, hope and reward of encouragement that prayer brings. Prayer does not change God’s plan for us but rather changes us and our attitudes about life and those things that God has brought into our lives. We are saved in eternity, before the foundation of the world and God’s plan for our lives is set in that eternity past and our prayer, now, today, is to be “without ceasing” –all the time, mini, small or large prayers, on knees, at table, on bed, vertical or horizontal, cries for help, reading and studying about prayer and communication with our God, and in reading and praying with our Bible open and singing and praising God. We have been given the Holy Spirit of Promise to help us in prayer as well. Thus, we are to always have a heart and mind of prayer and to always be in a  prayerful spirit.”**

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:17
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* R.C. Sproul, “Prayer Changes Things”
** TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen “Women in Prayer”

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