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Explaining our Continuous Prayer Life to Others

Explaining our Continuous Prayer Life to Others
Instructed to Accomplish it Myself, (The Old Covenant Approach = Works)
When I began my Christian life I was told, “It is all about Jesus at this point. However, it didn’t take long before I was instructed to take on my spiritual development as if it was all about me. After I had burned out on my self-effort and put down all the books and stopped listening to all the speakers promoting the next prayer strategy, I decided to resort to Scripture and get a fresh look at God’s expectations for prayer. It didn’t take me long to see that His intentions went way beyond what l, or anyone else, could comprehend and accomplish. After some time, and with no structure in my life when it came to prayer, I realized God had set in place requirements that exceeded all human effort. I could see if prayer had these perfect demands, then He would need to accomplish them in me, and then through me and for me. I sat one day looking at I Thessalonians 5:16-17 and told God, “If you want me to pray like that then you do something to make it happen, and, I’ll wait for the miracle.” I was grateful to discover He would provide the miracle.
It is all about Jesus! (The New Covenant’s Approach = Grace)
Are you ready to think differently and live differently? The New Covenant directs us this way. Our ability to pray in an unlimited fashion is obviously not dependent upon human skill or ingenuity. To be objective about this, God does not step out of eternal sphere to meet with us in temporal time. He raises us up and seats us with Him in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6), so that we converse with Him on His terms and not ours. The expectation God has for the believer is perfect communication unhindered by self-help plans and efforts. Therefore, God infuses the Holy Spirit into our lives to be an unceasing means or conduit of discussion between Him and us. He knows our every thought, wish, goal, and passion before we do, and better than we can even imagine! Note how Matthew assembled this point in Matthew 6:31-32.31 Do not be anxious then, saying, What shall we eat?’ or What shall we drink?’ or With what shall we cloth ourselves?’ 32 For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. And to drive home the key point let’s look at verse eight. “Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him.
Question: What is the solution to not being anxious about our needs? Answer: Knowing God recognizes our needs before we are aware of them and believing He has already installed the means to fill those needs. It is essential to see His strength uses our weaknesses. Our weakness is our humanity; and out of that frail resource blooms authentic and joyful communication with our Heavenly Father. Notice how Paul explains it. And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness’ for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himselfintercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. NRomans 8:26, 27
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Explaining our Continuous Prayer to Others
l . God ‘s expectation is perfect intimacy with Him for Others
Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)
4 | thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everythinq by Him in 211 utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; (Colossians 1:3)
3 1 thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, (Phil. 1:3-5)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—• (Eph. 6:18)
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. I Thess. 1:3-5)
13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4)
4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, 5 hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, 6 that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you[gl in Christ Jesus. (Philemon 1:4-6)
15Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. (Heb.13:15)
Three Illustrations that explains our Unceasing Prayer Life
Ice cubes in water: We melt into Him (“Living Water”) and become united with the One who is always communicating to us, because He is our unlimited and continual “Words.” (John 1:14)
God’s loving emails: The Holy Spirit is like a DSL hotline continually making intercession for us during our (Conscious) and (Unconscious) times, sending non-stop messages into our hearts, minds and souls. The result is our rich awareness of His active presence in our lives when all those stored up emails in the (Unconscious) get opened up in our (Conscious) moments. (Rom. 8:26) Spiritual Breathing: Our (Unconscious Conversation’s) re-adjusts our will’s to conform to His expectations for us. Because of this “spiritual breathing; (the in’s-and-out’s” with His thoughts mixed in with ours), our minds are alert for what He wants to do in our lives (Conscious Moments). (Romans 8:27), (Ephesians 2:10), (Phil. 2:13)

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