- February 1, 2017
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Waiting Prayer – (Continued…)
Further, everyone should Wait and Pray for the following:
- Wait and pray for the salvation of the LORD GOD.
“The LORD is good unto them that wait for HIM, to the soul that seeketh HIM. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”
- Wait and pray for holiness.
“Draw nigh (near) to GOD, and HE will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and HE shall lift you up.”
- Wait and pray for the strengthening of heart.
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and HE shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
- Wait and pray for the grace and mercy of the LORD (Jude 21).
- Wait and pray for the renewal of strength.
“HE giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might HE increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
- Wait and pray for the promise of GOD (Acts 1:4).
- Wait and pray for the Holy Spirit of GOD (Acts 2:1-4).
“And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of JESUS, and with HIS brethren.”
- Wait and pray for the worldly blessings.
“Are there any among the vanities (worthless idols) of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou HE, O LORD our GOD? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.”
- Wait and pray for the bodily healing. A man waiting at the pool of Bethesda was healed (St. John 5:1-15).
- Wait and pray for the adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”
- Wait and pray for the glorious appearing of the great GOD and our SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.
“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great GOD and our SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.”
- Wait and pray for the coming of the day of GOD.
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation (conduct) and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of GOD, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”
II Peter 3:11-12
- Wait and pray for the new heavens and a new earth (II Peter 3:13-14).
- Wait and pray for our glorious heavenly body (Philippians 3:20-21).
- Wait and pray for the kingdom of GOD (the kingdom of heaven).
“For the kingdom of GOD is not in word, but in power.”
I Corinthians 4:20
‘Power’ means ‘spiritual experience’.
We should always be humble and faithful before GOD while praying to meet our needs and difficulties and concerns. HE is the “Almighty Master of the entire Universe.” As HIS beloved children we can always entreat HIM to grant our wishes. We can confidently tell HIM of our needs and difficulties and concerns. Our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is not an unjust judge. HE is the most righteous Judge. HE is never reluctance to help us or to do what is good for us. We ought to pray not losing heart even if the answer is delayed. We should not be discouraged if time goes by and we see no answer (St. Luke 18:1-8).
Prayer life is the most important thing for a successful Christian life. Prayer gives full fellowship with GOD. Prayer includes asking and getting answers from the LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST. We should always ask according to the will of GOD, by keeping HIS commandments (I John 5:14).
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of HIM, because we keep HIS commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in HIS sight.”
I John 3:22
When we pray, we should follow the model prayer JESUS gave HIS disciples. Our prayer should be addressed to our heavenly FATHER—beginning with adoration, thanksgiving, confession of sins, making reconciliation with others, etc.; and then for our needs, the needs of others, etc.; and concluding in the name of JESUS, the Redeemer (St. Matthew 6:9-15; St. John 14:14; 16:23-24).
Prayer is so important that not praying is considered a sin against the LORD GOD. Praying for us and others must be our divine duty (I Samuel 12:23).
Many Christians are not praying to GOD. Because of this, they lose all their spiritual blessings. The value of lost blessings will be understood only as time passes.
Everyone should learn to wait on GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST for HIS blessings and should learn to remember how many days he/she has on earth and keep a count of the remaining days of his/her life by a heart of HIS wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
– Sadhu. C. Selva Raj (Appa)