I joined School of Prayer 😀 and as its name suggests it’s a school where they teach you to pray. WAIT………………… before you go off on that tantrum about not needing a school to teach you to pray and praying is just talking to God and all the other thoughts that would discourage you from continuing to read this post, I want to tell you you’re probably right.
That’s right, I said you’re right. However the bible teaches us a lot of things regarding prayer and character and I believe once studied these teachings can edify anyone’s prayer life. So while praying is talking to God and we can do so at anytime, building a foundation for our prayer and understanding the true power we can exercise through fervent prayer and a righteous lifestyle can only add to our lives and our relationship with God.
So, with that being said, every other week for the next year as I attend classes I’ll be sharing with you all I have been learning at School of Prayer. I want to encourage you to give your feedback and your views and even ask questions along the way. I’m really excited about this journey and I hope you become just as excited about it with me.
Yesterday’s class we looked at Devotional Prayer. I’m not going to go into depth about the topics (for fear of the posts being too wordy) but I’ll summarize what we covered in each area. If you wish to receive more information on any of the topics covered you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you some notes from class.
Ok. Let’s jump right in shall we……………Devotional Prayer
James 5:16 16 Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
As devotees of Christ we must understand that we are no better than anyone of our brothers or sisters for we all have faults. It is our duty to pray for each others faults in order to be healed. When the bible speaks about a righteous man it refers to that person’s lifestyle. If we live righteous lifestyles; by following God’s instructions for our lives through the bible and availing ourselves to his will then our prayers will have power and effectiveness. Your lifestyle can have a positive or negative impact on your prayers, that is, it can hinder your prayers or help your prayers. Always remember that your prayer can be no more effective than your lifestyle.
As we aim to be at that place of righteousness before God we need to understand that whatever dominates your mind controls you. We generally move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts. So be mindful of what you focus your mind on at all times.
Finally Devotional Prayer calls for four things:
1. A specific place
2. A specific time
3. A renewed consecration
4. A prayer list
While praying can be done any where at any time, devotional prayer calls for commitment. As you ponder these thoughts, I leave you with these words of encouragement; you have the power needed to live a righteous life according to God’s will, it’s up to you to avail yourself to it.
One of the most dynamic things about Prayer is that it brings change through DIVINE INTERVENTION.