Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Prayer: repeat from a couple of years ago....worth repeating!

~The Beautiful CROSS on the Altar inside the Chapel at Seaside~


Prayer comes spontaneously from those who abide in Jesus.  Prayer is the natural outgushing of a soul in communion with Jesus.  As the leaf and fruit come out of the vine branch without any conscious effort and simply because of its living union with the stem, so prayer buds and blossoms and fruits out of souls abiding in Jesus.  As stars shine, so do abiders pray.                   Charles Spurgeon

Prayer is trusting God will answer according to His perfect will.  There will be times when you receive an answer right away but often we wait for God to answer.  The Bible often speaks of "waiting" for God:  "We wait in hope for the Lord: He is our help and shield."
Psalm 33:20  "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait."

1. Wait through earnest specific prayer.
2. Listen for His Voice-pray you will hear that still small Voice.
3. Develop a love for God's Word.
4. Ask the Lord to be steadfast.
5. Read His Word, meditate upon it.
6. Memorize His Word.
7. Words of the Bible are living.
8. Obey God's Word.
9. Overcome fear and trust in Him.  Expect intense struggle.
10. When you know you are in God's will, leave the results to Him.  Give Him Glory and 
11. When waiting,  wait expectantly, ultimately it will be good.

God is HOLY:  Spiritually perfect or pure; deserving awe, reverence, adoration!
Exodus 15:11                                        Luke 1:49
I Samuel 2:2                                         Acts 3:13-15
Psalm 77:13                                          I Peter 1:15-16
Psalm 99                                              Revelation 4:8
Psalm 111:9                                          Revelation 19:11
Isaiah 5:16                                            Isaiah 57:15-16

Prayer refreshes and renews our perspective and brings us into the Presence of the Living God! Time spent in the Presence of the Lord touches our souls in profound ways.  When we spend time in His Presence this living union that we have with God enables us to go out and live our lives with joy and purpose!  The beautiful photos above are of the Seaside Chapel in Seaside, Florida where Kacie and Josh were married almost six years ago!  It's such a beautiful place for reverence and a place to touch and heal the soul.  When you walk inside, and anyone who visits there should, a peace and calmness fill your spirit!  It's a special place.  Our places of prayer, where we meet our Savior, will and can do the same.......calm our spirit and restore our soul, while giving us clarity in our daily lives.  A dear and precious friend who has now gone to Heaven to be in the Lord's Eternal Presence, Betty Gaddy, gave me the 11 points above one day just in sharing.  I am so thankful I wrote them down as she shared them with me because they have ministered to me in my prayer times over the years.  I hope they will bless your times of prayer and Bible study also.  God always stands ready to do great and mighty things in our lives and throughout the world!  Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!!!!