A Man of God is a Man of Prayer

 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” Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version (NKJV).

The times we are living in are difficult. We are often trapped by our unbelief and fear. Prayers should be with full trust. Many times if not sometimes, people give little thought to God’s ability to take care of us. The more we trust God, the less we trust our own understanding. The enemy would have us think that to place our trust wholeheartedly in God is a sign of weakness. This is the world’s thinking, but what the Bible says:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Debbie Przybylski said in her article “A Prayer for Trust to step out in faith” that “we all want God to answer our prayers. We believe in the power of prayer, but when it comes down to our own individual lives and problems, we often don’t have the faith to believe that God will answer. Our lack of faith and our fear of stepping out in dependence on Him are what get in the way. The truth is that the things we do for God should be outside of our own abilities; they should be evidence that we are trusting in His supernatural ability.” (http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/a-prayer-for-trusting-god-in-hard-times.html )

In times of happiness and in times when we are desperate, we must have an attitude of thanking God or leaning on toward God for help. Psalm 27:1 shows a perfect pattern of trust when it says: “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?” In times where things are desperate, we should turn to God for help.

Prayers must not only be trustful but also thankful. “Thankfulness is one of the graces by which the believer reveals the state of his spiritual health. Thankfulness adds a new dimension to all our blessings. Our food tastes better when we have given thanks; our common blessings loom larger; our eternal destiny shines ever more brightly, and life becomes correspondingly more serene.” (Charles W. Koller – Expository Preaching without Notes plus). God appreciates a thanking spirit. It pleases Him. It is one of the ways we show Him we truly love Him. When we give to God our thanks, we also benefit by being close to Him. The things we give to Him is our praise and worship, our sacrifice of time, energy and money. Basically, we give our lives to Him with thanksgiving. This brings us closer to Him, to grow spiritually and can transform our attitude, mind, and spirit. We can only claim to be Man of God when in everything, we are prayerful.

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One thought on “A Man of God is a Man of Prayer

  1. I have come to realize that I do not consciously depend on God because of the habit I had to create as a child; I had to become self-sustaining so to not bring undue attention to myself. I was an adult when I came to Christ and I am 28 years new. Even though my spirit was renewed and I was a new person my behaviors wasn’t, so I have struggled to ask of God of anything for myself except for forgiveness and ‘fix me’ requests. Relying on the Father has been a struggle for me but to bring others to Him was always easy.

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