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How to Pray in these Days

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 11, 2009

With so many things to pray about in these last days, it is important to concentrate on what’s truly important and eternal.

Prayers come in a variety of shapes and colors.  Some are of the bedtime variety where we ask God for blessing and protection.  Where God honors all prayer, these aren’t usually the most intimate and passionate.

Other more popular prayers usually fall in the personal request category. We want God to do something for us whether it is for relief from a headache or a better job.  Again, God honors all prayer, but remember, he doesn’t always grant us our desires because we don’t really know what’s best. 

God has three answers to prayer requests, “Yes, No and Wait”.  But I find that we get better answers when we pray, “Your will be done”.  These usually have a greater variety of answers and prove to be much more rewarding.

Still other prayers are directed for the benefit of others.  These are good prayers that are less “self-centered”.  Always remember when praying for others that God loves them more than you ever can.  Don’t underestimate His desire to work in people’s lives.

These are all good prayers, and they have their place, but won’t really get you anywhere with regards to the days to come.  So how do you pray?

You need to pray “according to God’s will” for it to be a guarantee (1 John 5:14).  This is the prayer Jesus prayed in the garden, “if it be your will, take this cup. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) If you notice, Jesus has two prayer requests here – only the one that was in line with God’s will was answered.

So what is His will in the last days? 

Pray for Revival

First, we know God is going to pour out his spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28,29; Acts 2:17,18).  Remember that the last days are not over. Greater things are still to come.  Even greater things than the early church saw (John 1:50, 5:20).  To get there, we must pray for revival.  The church must step up and step out in the power of the Holy Spirit.  We must have a heart the earnestly seeks the Lord.  This will take sacrifice, time and lots of prayer.

Pray for Repentance

Second, and probably more important is prayer for repentance.  You can’t pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit without praying for repentence first.  God isn’t going to fill dirty vessels, just empty and broken vessels.

Prayer for Results

Finally, pray for results.  What results is God looking for?

  • Growth in numbers of people being saved- God is wanting all that are willing to come to Him. 
  • Growth in spiritual power – the church needs to have the power to walk the walk in the world that will be out to destroy them.  It is not going to get easier, and it will be more important than ever for us to walk daily in the power of the Holy Spirit.  “Sunday morning power” won’t be enough. It will need to be a daily infusion.
  • Increase in righteousness.  This sort of goes with repentence, but has more to do with making right choices.  There will be a falling away, and it will be crucial for us to make good choices under tough pressure.
  • Soon return.  Revelation ends with a prayer, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20) He promises to return, and he encourages us to pray that he come soon.  Our greatest day will be when we see Jesus face to face.

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