Family Connection October 23, 2017

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Ephesians 6:18-And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

On Sunday, explored the prayers we should pray. Prayer helps us live in a spirit of anticipation. If we are always praying about something, then we always live in the moment of a possible miracle.

Here are four prayers we should be sure to pray!

A Salvation Prayer-Jonah 2:2-9

Jonah prayed a salvation prayer when he needed physical help, but also when he needed spiritual salvation.

The prayer for salvation is a prayer we must pray in order to be in fellowship with God. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). “There is salvation in no one else but Jesus, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Jonah had actually been swallowed by a great fish and prayed this prayer from inside of the fish. I don’t know how long a person has once they are swallowed by a great fish before they would pass out or start to break down during digestion, but I am guessing, not long. I am guessing this prayer for salvation was a pretty immediate prayer from Jonah’s lips. This was a prayer of desperation. Seaweed was wrapped around his head which may sound like something out of the comics. I assure you there was nothing comical about it. Jonah was suffocating, and he knew he was in a bad way spiritually. To have his physical life end would mean spiritual death for eternity. God saved him. God rescued him.

A Daily Prayer-Matthew 6:9-13, The Lord’s Prayer

This prayer, for me, is kind of like a spiritual alignment prayer. It sort of straightens us out. It is a daily reminder that we need to be centered on God, His will, His resources, and His protection. It is the prayer that reminds us that what happens in this world isn’t always the stuff of heaven. We are to long for the experience of heaven and for God to intervene here in heavenly ways on earth. Praying the Lord’s prayer keeps us from praying solely out of our emotion. It aligns our prayers with the purposes of God.

It is not only an alignment prayer, but also is a relationship prayer as the whole prayer emerges from the reality that God is our Father. Our Father who art in heaven . . . Jesus had an intimate relationship with His Heavenly Father. I believe when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray it was because they saw something powerful, something profound, something precious and poignant about the relationship Jesus had with His Heavenly Father. That was what they ultimately wanted; the same relationship with God as Father.

A Deliverance Prayer-Psalm 3

Each of us deals with moments of crisis and distress, moments of despair, depression and even feelings of defeat. Each of us have had times when we felt something was taking life from us, overwhelming us, and like we were being attacked in some way.

Whenever we face temptation, we should pray for deliverance. Whenever we are trying to reign our feelings in because we have been hurt or offended or angered, we can pray God will deliver us from destructive thoughts and behaviors. Whenever we wrestle with the gods and idols of this world and the evils of Hell we can pray for deliverance. God wants us to be free.

A Thanksgiving Prayer-1 Samuel 2:1–10

We read the story of Hannah in I Samuel. She had been barren. In that day and time, there was a stigma and shame associated with not being able to have children. Hannah had poured out her heart to God and asked for a child. When the request was honored and she gave birth to Samuel the first thing she did was to pray a prayer of thanksgiving.

We need to pray prayers of thanksgiving even while we are in distress. God has been good to us. We definitely need to pray prayers of thanksgiving when the answer comes. God is faithful. We can praise God that He is listening to us as we pray. We can praise God that He is sovereign and will work out something wonderful even as we want and wait on something.

Giving thanks before you have what you ask for or need involves an element of faith. Faith pleases God. Praying in general involves faith. We choose to believe God hears our desire for heart change, and that when we confess our need for salvation, He will save us. We choose to believe that God desires to be daily involved in our lives, so we pray out of that relationship, out of that commitment we believe He has to us. We choose to believe we can live free, we can be healed from addiction and vices, we can get out of the pit, we can be delivered, and so we pray for God’s power and our cooperation to move ahead as He leads. We choose to believe God is working for our good and that He will sustain and keep us between now and the time we receive the requests our hearts long for, so we pray prayers of thanksgiving and worship. These are just some of the prayers that we, God’s people, should pray.

Pastor Melissa

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