Struggle In Prayer

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. – Colossians 4:12

Brothers and Sisters, can your prayer life be compared to Epaphras’s? Do you love Christ Jesus? If you do then you will love His people (read 1 John). If you love fellow Christians then do you think enough of them to pray for them? The spiritual battles…the advancing of Christ’s Kingdom will be done on our knees first and foremost.

You don’t have enough time? What kind of love is that?

Epaphras was always struggling on the behalf of the church of Colossae. He poured his heart and soul into his petitioning of his Father in Heaven. He was like Jacob wrestling with God and not letting go until his Father blessed him. Do you pray like that? Do you wrestle with God?

Are you struggling in your prayer closet on behalf of those in your church, your pastor, the missionaries that your church supports?

Are you crying out to God that souls be saved and that His Kingdom would continue to advance against the spiritual forces of darkness?

Are you praying for fellow Christians that they would grow more Christ-like?

Are you praying that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit and a knowledge of His will so that they can walk in a manner worthy of Christ Jesus and be pleasing to Him?

Are you praying for God to give you strength to go proclaim the Gospel…to hand out those tracts…that eyes be opened so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Christ Jesus the Lord?

Brothers and Sisters, now is the time for earnest prayer; pouring out our hearts to our Father in Heaven for revival and spiritual awakening. Do you want to see souls saved in your community and around this globe? Do you want to see lives changed? Do you want to see Christ Jesus magnified in your life and the life of your church? Do you want to see your children saved and used mightily by God? THEN PRAY…PRAY…PRAY!

And He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13:58

—Pastor Jeff Parks

Sanctification

And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. – Ezekiel 36:27

Election is always to sanctification. Those whom Christ chooses out of mankind, He chooses not only that they be saved, but that they may bear fruit, and that it can be seen. All other election beside this is a mere vain delusion and a miserable invention of man. Where there is no visible fruit of sanctification, we may be sure there is no election. – J. C. Ryle

Discerning the Voice of the Lord – Conrad Murrell

Discerning the Voice of the Lord

1. The Cross of Christ must have rendered you neutral so far as self-will is concerned. “He that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin that he might live the rest of his life not in the lusts of the flesh, but to the will of God.” Three times Christ prayed in the garden. “Not my will but thine.” You must truly rid yourself of all your personal goals and objectives. Especially treacherous are these high sounding religious goals and objectives and longings: i.e, a great ministry, power to witness, a special gift, etc. You must have truly presented yourself for Christ’s disposal according to Romans 12:1. It is only then that you can be pleased with what God says no matter what it is.

2. Know the truth. Get a good working knowledge of the Bible. The Holy Spirit does not cross himself by saying one thing in the Bible and then lead you to do something contrary to scriptural principles.

3. “Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3. Proceed in a normal course of life, trusting the Lord to establish and order your thoughts as he has promised to do for those whose only desire is to work the works of God. Trust Him to check you in spirit or in providence if you are about to take a wrong step. Listen to His voice. He is able to guide you. Give Him credit for doing what He has promised to do. You do not have to strain and fret over every little decision. He is more able to speak and cause you to hear than you realize.

4. In matters of great importance where there is no definitely revealed word, do not move until you are constrained to. If there is uneasiness about the move, wait for a more sure word. God can make you certain. You can afford to wait until you are. You are not going to miss anything by waiting; and God is not going to scold or punish you while you are testing the spirits. Did He not command you to do so? Consider His patience with Gideon.

5. The Holy Spirit is consistent and persistent. God is immutable. He does not change. If, while waiting, you have a number of different impressions, each one seeming better than the previous one, throw them all out. The Holy Spirit leads you in only one direction. He will never change His mind about that. The same leadership will continue to persist until you obey.

6. The Holy Spirit does not drive and demand. It is the devil who puts you in a rush and demands that you act immediately. You will feel that if you take time to pray and wait that you will miss something. Do not listen to that spirit. It is not God but the devil. God will lead you and give you time to consider until you are fully persuaded. And there will be peace in the action, not pressure and torment.

7. Look for providence. God sponsors what He initiates. He provides the way and clears the obstacles. He opens the appropriate doors. The devil can cause hindrances, but he cannot stop what God has led you to do. As you proceed, God will confirm or He will stop you.