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How Prayer Helps us Grow Closer to Jesus

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Yes, our alone prayer time with our Lord is a very important part of growing closer to Jesus every day. What a great privilege it is to have this direct access to Jehovah God!

Here are just a few quick references in God’s Word for how praying will help us grow in our relationship with the Lord.

Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Jesus is truly our great high priest. We need no other. It helps us be close to Jesus to know that while He was here on this earth, He was tempted of the enemy, but showed us how to overcome by speaking the Word of God, at which the enemies must flee. His Word is quick/alive.)

Luke 11:1-10 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (God is Holy) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. (Provision) And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. (Forgiveness) And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (Delivered by God’s power, none of our own) And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. (Inconvenient) I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. (Be persistent and consistent.) And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (There is a constant battle going on within the child of God between our flesh and our spirit. We must stay in very close contact with our Saviour to have victory over temptation. I so look forward to eternity in Heaven where there will be no more temptation nor sin!)

And let us not forget the prayer at the time of Salvation! Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve Hell for my sins. I know Christ died and rose again to save me and that you offer me the gift of eternal life. I now accept that gift and ask Christ to come into my heart and save my soul.”

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Godly Women

 

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“Rhoda, Fragrant Rose”

Acts 12:13-16

13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
14 And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

So, God sent His angel to free Peter from prison, and I must say I am always awestruck when I read the part that Peter slept soundly while in chains between two soldiers. What strong faith he must have had. As I read that the angel of the Lord “…smote Peter on the side, and raised him up…” I can’t help but think, “How could he be sleeping through this so soundly that the angel had to smack him on the side and say wake up, let’s go.” I am not sure if I could have such strong faith in such dire circumstances, but I digress. 😉

We see in the above Scripture that Peter went straight to the house of Mary and knocked on the door and the damsel Rhoda (whose name means rose) came to answer his knock. I can so relate to Rhoda. In her great excitement that Peter was outside the house, she forgot to open and let him in. I can see myself doing the exact same thing, “Oh, Peter, it’s you!” Shut the door and run to tell everyone, “Our prayers are answered. Praise God! Peter is at the door!” I, too, would be so elated that God had so quickly answered our prayers and that Peter was safe, I must run and tell everyone! I like to imagine God smiling down and chuckling at Rhoda’s reaction. Well, they thought she had lost her mind, and they even said maybe what she saw was his angel – it was a common Jewish belief that every Israelite was given a special guardian angel who looked like him. There they were praying constantly, crying out to God, all in one accord, for God to intervene. Yet when they were told that He had answered their prayers, they did not believe? Ahh, our humanity… Peter continued to knock and they finally opened the door and were astonished, at first. I am sure as they welcomed him in and listened to him recount how God delivered him from the jail, they praised and thanked our great YAHWEH.

Rhoda lived about 43 A.D. during the first Christian persecution of Herod Agrippa, the grandson of the infamous Herod the Great (Matthew 2). She was the maid of John Mark’s mother Mary, in whose home the small congregation in Jerusalem often gathered to pray. On this night, they had prayed long past midnight for the release of Peter from prison. Since James, the brother of John, had already been put to death, the young church feared the same fate for Peter. While they were passionately praying, Rhoda heard a knock at the gate and ran to the door. She immediately recognized Peter’s voice when he spoke to her. But, as we see above, in her excitement, she forgot to open the door. She left Peter standing outside the closed gate. She ran, bolting into the room and interrupted those praying, and with great excitement she announced that Peter was standing at the door. Rhoda never doubted whose voice she had heard. She was terribly excited but not surprised that God had heard their pleas. Unlike the others, who had to open the door and see Peter with their own eyes, Rhoda had faith great enough to know that God would answer their prayers, even in the most unexpected way. The mundane tasks assigned to her as a household servant did not keep her from experiencing the joys of being a part of kingdom business through her genuine, believing faith.

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2015 in God's Love

 

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