Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Powerful and Pain-filled Path of Victorious Prayer

. . . praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints . . . (Ephesians 6:18)

Excerpt from “Walking in Victory: The Power to Overcome” – 2010-11-28
History records that the early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in their prayer lives. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the bush where he or she would pour out their hearts to God. Over time the paths to these prayer places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect their prayer life, it was soon apparent to the others, for they would kindly remind the negligent one: "Brother (or sister) there is grass growing on your path." Friends, how much grass is growing on your prayer path? Do you even have a prayer path? Do you have a path that leads to the throne of God, where you are pouring out your heart to Him? Without tapping in the heart of God through the power of prayer, you will never fully know victory over the presence of sin in your own life or over the forces of evil that abound in this world.

General Dwight Eisenhower once said: “There are no victories at discount prices.” Nothing less will than praying in the power of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead will bring victory in the our lives over the darkness of sin and evil and death in us and around us. Jesus is our hope and our victory. Prayer is our power to overcome. That victory is ours when we pray. Though prayer may not rescue us from our circumstances, prayer will give us the power over our circumstances - because the power of the risen Christ will lift us above any and all circumstances, even death itself.
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