Revive Me, Week 15–A Year of Growing Stronger in the Lord
Call on the Lord
“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
“The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.”
I almost want you to skip to the end of this post and read the Homer Hailey quote. It’s powerful and will renew your gratitude and awe over the blessing of prayer. Can you imagine your life without prayer?
A “Revive Me” series would be incomplete without a emphasis on prayer. Every healthy relationship requires two sided communication. God speaks to us through His Word (1 Thess. 2:13) and He has given us the avenue of prayer as a way to speak to Him (1 John 5:14,15). This week consider your prayer life. Is it weak or is it strong?
Some questions to consider:
- Do you know how to pray? Luke 11:1-13
- Do you believe God hears your prayers? Psa. 18:6; 34:17
- Do you pray in complete faith? Or does doubt creep in? James 1:6,7; 5:13-18
- Does your prayer life consist mostly of routine prayers at meals and bedtime? Or do you pray throughout the day and make time for fervent prayer? Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2
- Do you pray for others and with others? 1 Tim. 2:1-4
- Do you pray with worldly motives? James 4:3
- In addition to petitions, do your prayers contain praise and thanksgiving? Matt. 6:9; Psa. 95:1-6
“To the believer prayer is a sacred privilege as well as an obligation. When he prays, solemn thoughts should fill his soul; for the finite creature is before the infinite creator, ruler, and sustainer of the universe. He is before the Lord of heaven and earth, communing and talking with Him, seeking His fellowship and casting his anxieties upon Him, believing that He cares for him. It is indeed a blessed favor bestowed upon us when the eternal God invites us to share a joyous fellowship and communion with Him; this is the glory of prayer.”
–From Prayer and Providence by Homer Hailey
Suggestions for the Week:
- Study Bible characters (like Hannah, Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jesus) who had a strong prayer life. When did they pray? How did it help them?
- Look up and write down the blessings that come from prayer: Phil. 4:6,7; Rom. 8:26; Matt. 26:41; Luke 11:9-13; Psa. 145:18,19; Heb. 4:16
- Bible-mark “The Power of Prayer.”
- Read a good book about prayer (like “The Begging Place” by Becky Blackmon or “Prayer and Providence” by Homer Hailey).
- Set aside time each day for private, fervent prayer.