Awaken Prayer: Illuminated

Sometimes God places us in the fire so that we call out to Him in prayer. Our prayers revolve around God delivering us from the fire of His testing our hearts. Rarely do we pray for the reasons of our troubles as we always feel like victims, not desiring judgment from our heavenly Father. God desires to shape you in the mist of the fire and refine you like gold. We should pray that our sins come to the surface and that by the power of the Holy Spirit we are victorious over them. We should pray that the lack of trust in God doesn’t lead us to sin trying to fix it. We should pray that God changes us so we don’t fall to the same vices again. We should pray that if its not God’s will to deliver us immediately, we should pray for strength and His grace and mercy to sustain us. We should pray the prayer of faith or rather a prayer that trust God for the outcome He has preordained. We don’t pray to change God but to change things; let your prayer in trials change the reason for testing…. us. We should pray passionately to God for deliverance from our sins that has lead us to discipline from our Father. No man is good so let’s not fool ourselves. We usually go through things and fail to pray to God as we should. We fail to depend on God as He has planned. We fail to see the need to pray daily and we don’t consult the LORD as we should. We fail to see the sin that has settled at the bottom of our other wise “perfect and holy” life. We allow the stress of living in a fallen world and making it ahead of the game dominate our prayer life. Our prayer life is filled with “let our will be done” and “our kingdom come” for our glory and our power be made manifest. Our prayers do not follow the Lord’s Prayer; as Jesus tells us to pray “like this”. We don’t pray with thanksgiving but we pray grumbling of how God has failed us. We are not thankful for the mercy He has shown and the grace He has given. The whole process of merely being able to pray to God is a blessing. The mere thought of approaching God is a miracle. Why does it take such extreme measures to cause us to pray frequently, fervently and full or reverence? God doesn’t desire praise and worship as well as prayer that is driven by selfish motives or out of manipulation ( James 4:3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.) . Are our heart truly humbled and seeking God’s will? Are we trying to use “faith” to move God? We should be praying to Him letting our needs known to the Father and then we trust in His will. But we pray as if its all about us and not God.

Isaiah 43: 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” 8 Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears! 9 All the nations gather together, and the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this, and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right, and let them hear and say, It is true. 10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. 11 I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.

James 4:7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

We must learn to approach God with thanksgiving in our hearts and as humble little children seeking time with our Father in heaven whom we love.

Colossians 4: 2Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt,so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Ephesians 6:16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

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God bless you & may the Holy Spirit lead you

Rev. W. R. Martin Jr.
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