Hebrews 4:16

Let us then come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Praying through the Distractions

I want to share some things on the subject of distractions and how relevant it is in the area of answered prayer. The Lord has been dealing with my heart lately in this very important area of prayer and I want to challenge you to walk with me.

What are you praying for?
What are you seeking God for?
What, dear women of God, have you been believing for?

Have you asked? Have you sought counsel with a trusted believing friend or pastor with your needs? Have you looked in His Word to find your answer.. No matter what.. EVERY answer we have is covered in His Word.

We need to be willing to trust God with our hearts, ALL of them. He knows them better than we do and yet He is still willing to reach down and pick us up, to love us and to draw us near to him. The thing that amazes me the most of anything is that He pursues us. He is the one who has done the active pursuing and He loves us with jealousy.

Romans 5:8 says.. that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us because of His amazing love.
Zephaniah 3:17 tells us that He rejoices over us.
Romans 8:34 reminds us Christ is interceeding for us.

Can I draw your attention to the grammar of the Bible? When you read it look at the verb tense and realize it's very deep implication. He IS.. even now.. interceeding for you.

Let's go to the references of keeping our eyes on Jesus. Focusing on Him alone. It is in the wavering we lose our ability to move forward and are in the position of defense. James tells us a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:8... It goes on to say in vs 23 that anyone who listens to the Word of God and does not obey is like one who looks in the mirror and when going away quickly forgets what he looks like.

We need to keep our eyes focused only on Him. It is when we choose to avert our sight elsewhere that we get distracted. Go to Isaiah chapter 30:18-21.
And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!
O people who dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.
And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself any more, but your eyes will constantly behold your Teacher.
And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.
If you go up a few verses to 15 it says.. "For this said the Lord God, The Holy One of Israel: In returning (to Me) and resting (in Me) you shall be saved. "

Here are a few more scriptures to remind you of the need to keep our eyes on Him. 1 Chron 16:11, Psalm 105:4, Micah 7:7

What He is showing me in my own prayer time is that every time I take my eyes off of Him ( think about what is in Him... peace, virtue, healing, health, wholeness, wealth, victory, deliverance, fullness, joy, completeness, NO LACK) ... when I take my eyes off of him I become distracted and I see everything that is not in Him. It is there where I lose my foothold. It is there I lose my place of offence and it is there I lose His peace.

We should come to prayer with a knowledge that we are standing on the other side of the Cross bringing into this earthly realm the blessings of the Kingdom of God. I pray often that his Kingdom would come in this earth and in the circumstances surrounding those I am praying for.
We should come to prayer armed with His Word for every circumstance but most importantly with a humble believing heart that He is all that He says.

Are you letting distractions rob you of the victory you have been assured in prayer, In Christ?
What are those distractions? Ask God to show you what they are, confess it to him and then seek to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in this. Be quick.. ever quick to seek out His wisdom in every instance. It isn't that we alone can do it, it is the work of Him in us it is through the continual working of the Holy Spirit in you.

And my last thought is this. When the distractions are coming fast and furious.. .push in. There is reason they are coming at you.. to keep you from pressing in to get that answer and to see the fruit of God's love evident in your life.
Lastly look at Micah 7:8.. "Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me."
If we get distracted we just turn our eyes back to the source of love and light. We don't lose our place and all we have with him is Time.. time to grow and love and serve him. :) Take back what the devil has stolen in your life and press on!

Blessings to you all!
An awesome book on prayer is called "The Kneeling Christian" You can find it here: http://www.surfinthespirit.com/advice/kneeling-christian.shtml

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