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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#9 God's Priority Work for You

Wesley L. Duewel: "Prevailing prayer is holy work, fervent labor. Epaphras, who was 'always wrestling in prayer' for his congregation (Col. 4:12), prevailed in prayer.

The apostles deliberately chose to give their attention to prayer (Acts 6:4). Then three verses later we are told, 'So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly.' 

Even a large number of the priests, perhaps the most difficult to win, 'became obedient to the faith.'

Murray wrote, 

  'We have far too little conception of the place that intercession, as distinguished from prayer for ourselves, ought to have in the church and the Christian life.

   In intercession our king upon the throne finds His highest glory. In it we shall find our highest glory too. Through it He continues His saving work and can do nothing without it.

   Through it alone we can do our work, and nothing avails without it.' He adds, 

   'Where...we work more than we pray, the presence and the power of God are not seen in our work as we would wish.'

What counts with God is not statistics but prayer depth and God's presence and power in lives, church service, and outreach.

All our goal setting effective management techniques, and computerized administration will accomplish little unless empowered by mighty prevailing prayer.

Whatever gets you too busy for prayer time, whatever distracts you from holy prevailing, whatever robs you of hunger for God, for souls, and for time for prayer warfare is a hindrance to God and his kingdom. You cannot afford it.

You have no greater ministry or no leadership more influential than intercession. There is no higher role, honor or authority than this. 

You have been saved to reign through prayer. You have been Spirit-filled to qualify you to reign by prayer. You reign as you prevail in prayer."

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana

(Google image and my emphasis added)

Mighty Prevailing Prayer
#9 God's Priority Work for You
by Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 21, 22) Zondervan 
    Father, may we understand the purpose You have for us as Christians.
    Guide our prayer times, that they will honor You and Your desires for what we're a part of.
    Open our eyes to possibilities found only in seeking You and Your will through prayer.
    Help me to not get too busy to spend quality time with You and Your Word each day. Impress upon my soul the importance You've set on my praying.
    May I remember that this is a high calling, and that You're please with my taking the time to sit before You each day, and in my praying for Your will to be done.
    I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.

(Google images and my emphasis added)

Today’s Bible verses: Ps. 73:28 "But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works."

Ps. 119:169 "Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word."

Today’s quote: "Will is the whole man active. I cannot give up my will, I must exercise it. I must will to obey, and I must will to receive God's Spirit. When God gives a vision of truth it is never a question of what He will do, but of what we will do. (for July 8th, p. 392 of Devotions for MORNING and EVENING with OSWALD CHAMBERS).

Some thoughts today: Do you believe God has a plan for you? Are you convinced in your heart that He is speaking to you to step out in faith and do something?

~ We need to put feet to our faith, so we are to take action, and step out! Give aggressive responsive action to this calling on your life. God will not fail to meet your every step with His grace to enable you.

~ Is He directing you to take part in a ministry in your church? Is there a need that your talents and abilities can fill? God's design is that we adapt ourselves to the needs of others, especially within a Bible-believing church body where there are folks present He wants to help.

21st- Thursday’s post by Wesley L. Duewel-
    #10 God is Searching for People to Prevail

23rd- Saturday's post by Unknown Author-
      Just Checking In

24th- Sunday evening's post by Diana Leagh Matthews
     Grace Greater than Our Sins!

26th- Tuesday's post by Wesley L. Duewel-
    #11 We Are Failing God

A popular post: Plans That Change Jean Oathout will share

some thoughts about our plans, and God's plans for us.

Have you noticed how many of your plans don't pan out? Have you wondered why that is?

We are supposed to make plans..."

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