How to Build a Prayer Life

Jesus’s death on the cross gives us full access to God – just as we are – and we can pray to Him at any time and as often as we’d like. We don’t have to wait for Sundays or special occasions.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

– Ephesians 6:18

If you want to develop a better prayer life, simply pick a place and a time, and put it on your calendar. Start with 5-10 minutes, and you might be surprised that you start to crave more. That’s because prayer isn’t born out of religion; it’s born out of relationship.

Prayer Is the Battle

There’s a spiritual battle waging all around us, so put on the armor of God and become a prayer warrior.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Ephesians 6:18

Taking More Ground

The spiritual war in which we fight is bigger than what we can see or imagine. We must pray for each other to fearlessly break through Satan’s opposition and take more ground for the kingdom of God.

“Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God.”

E.M. Bounds

There are people God has placed near you. Be his ambassador to them – eternity is on the line.

Protect Your Fire

Your heart protects the fire – the spiritual fervor – you have for God.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Romans 12:11

Part of that spiritual fervor is the desire to treat others righteously. Just as parents long for their children to get along, so God desires for us to live righteously with one another.

The Armor of God

Warriors in physical battles wear armor. Much in the same way, Christians need armor for spiritual battles. In Ephesians 6, the Bible explains the meaning of the armor of God and how it protects us against the enemy’s attacks.

The three areas in which Satan will most intensely attack you are: your mind, your emotions, and your will.

While God is Greater, Armor is Still Required.

Every soldier who fights a physical battle wears armor. As we engage in spiritual battles, we, too, must put on the full armor of God. The armor of God as explained in the Bible is required for our protection.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:11-17

The Spiritual World Exists

We can get so caught up in our physical struggles, and the “oh no” moments of life, that we completely miss the spiritual reality that exists all around us. The unseen world is just as real as the visible world, yet it’s far more powerful. Forces of good and evil, darkness and light, God and Satan, and angels and demons are constantly at war behind the scenes.

Instead of living in fear when we encounter a battle in life – whether it be at home, at work, or in our health – we need to remember that a victorious God is on our side. His power is far greater than anything else we could ever muster or imagine.

What is Faith?

God defines what faith is in the beginning of Hebrews 11:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Faith deals with unseen realities. Faith perceives as real fact, that which is not revealed to the senses yet!

Faith is a tangible response to a spiritual reality.

 

Jesus

Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 2

Excuse: “I’m at a disadvantage”

Jesus became an underdog, he disadvantaged himself to advantage others.

The disadvantages of the underdog:

  1. Jesus was disadvantaged in security. (Luke 2:6-7)
  2. Jesus was disadvantaged financially. (Luke 2:22)
  3. Jesus had a disadvantaged neighborhood. (Luke 2:39)
  4. Jesus had a disadvantaged appearance. (Isaiah 53:2-3)

The underdog advantage:

  1. Be Courageous
  2. Be Generous
  3. Be Approachable
  4. Be Loving

Jacob

Excuse: “My label limits me.”

Scripture: Genesis 32

Jacob’s Advice:

  1. Labels can be life changing.
  2. Own the truth of your label. (sinner by choice)
  3. God can change your worst label. (sinner by grace)

Question: What will you do with the offer of God?