Monday, February 27, 2017

Resurrected Life - Prayer (HP09)

Mat 6:5-6  “And when you pray, you shall  be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."
When we intercede (note that we must not remind our Father of our needs otherwise we have no faith in Him) in secret, God will see and hear us and He will reward us openly. Prayers in secret of godly brethren are always sincere and truthful. Unfortunately, many Christians always come forward (after healings or blessings) and say, "You know, I prayed for you".

Phi 2:3  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Wherever we are (driving, walking, working, relaxing, etc.), if we see something sinful or remember that a brother is in sorrow, suffering, pains, sickness, etc. we must Immediately pray for him. If we can obediently accept him as better than ourselves then it is so easy to intercede for him esp. when we remember only his good side such as good deeds, mercies, kindness, concerns, etc.

Phi 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Whenever we see or hear anything, and we immediately thank God for their blessings or intercede for their sufferings (esp. for those who always persecute, revile and hate us), then we are His new creations, with our minds renewed and born again through His word in us.

Phi 2:4  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
When we can always rejoice with our happy brethren and suffer with their miseries, then we are truly living the abundant life of our Lord.

Brethren, prayers in secret, which please our Father, will bring us plentiful rewards including the desires of our hearts, if only these desires are beneficial to us.