The Power of the Cross and more…
“The Power of the Cross Through Prayer.”
The resurrection of Christ is sufficient evidence that there is victory, power, strength, and conquering love
that overcomes any relational suffering we experience. Jesus is our model. The cross was more than
enough for any and every circumstance. But that is if we choose to embrace EVERY part of Calvary for
bringing the appetites and rights of the flesh under the control of crucifixion love. All human conflict must
be seen through the eyes of Calvary. Otherwise, man cannot solve his own problems by his own intellect
and human ingenuity. He cannot subdue demonic forces that rule by the legal entrance from man’s human
Micah 7:5 (AMPC) relays, “Trust not in a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Keep the doors of your
mouth from her who lies in your bosom.” The prophet is saying love all of these individuals less than you
love the principles of Calvary’s love. In essence, you will become severely disillusioned without hope if your
number one motivation for loving people is them loving you back on your terms and your timelines. I must
see conflict through living the baptized life.
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” DEFINING PRAYER! “
There are three parts to the word “Prayer,” according to the original languages the Bible was written in. These are: (worship, intercession, and supplication). While there are vast possibilities in these three words, there is also a correlation between these, the greatest commandment ever given, and the possibility to fulfill the law of love. Through worship we show our love and adoration for God, through intercession we demonstrate compassion, and extend God’s grace to others. Through both intercession and supplication, we can fulfill the law of loving others as ourselves. There are many biblical examples that define prayer. When put into action, prayer fulfills the First Commandment:
Worship: (to reverence or adore, do homage, obeisance, bow down). Worship is one of the most definitive words for prayer in the Greek language. Prayer in itself is the primary way to worship God when performed with a pure heart. Daily prayer should always begin and end with worship. God is calling on us to be thankful, and to not be overcome by this fast-paced world and stress. There is depression and suicide rampant in our world today that could be abated with thankfulness. One of the best examples of worship is Abraham’s trip to Mount Moriah. He was willing to give all with a thankful heart, believing that God would make a way for him and Isaac.
Intercession: (entreat, meet (together), pray, reach, run). Jesus is our greatest example of an intercessor. He stood in the gap between heaven and hell for us, once and for all, giving us the greatest example of love. When we pray on behalf of another or a situation in intercession, we bear the burden for that person or situation as if it were our own; carrying it to the throne of God. Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah, and he saved his family. God is calling on believers to take the burden of a lost and dying world, and run with it, straight to His throne.
Supplication: (a petition, prayer, request). Supplication is one of the greatest demonstrations of faith towards God, and usually involves desperation. When there is a hopeless situation, God always has a solution, and is an ever-present help in time of need. The widow woman who went continually to the unjust judge, to be avenged of her adversary, is a perfect example of supplication. Like the widow woman, we need to wait on God. And while we wait, we should continue to demonstrate our faith as she did. We must believe that God will answer in His perfect time, when we pray according to His will.
Pray that we incorporate these three important prayer parts. Prayer is so much more than speaking some nice sounding words, and so much more than making our requests known. Prayer is an action word. Daily prayer will transform any life into what God has created and intended for it to be. Many times it is not so much what we are praying that matters, as much as if we are praying. God wants to hear from us, and He wants our lives to be defined by prayer.
Beth Marie Evans
International Christian Fellowship, Brookfield, Illinois
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“Filled with the Knowledge of His Will.”
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire
that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and
increasing in the knowledge of God. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power,
unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath
made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:9-12).
Pray That We Might be Filled with the Knowledge of God’s Will.
It is God’s will for us to pray for God’s people that they would be filled with the knowledge of the
will of God for all areas of our lives and in His kingdom, praying that we are filled with all wisdom
and spiritual understanding. The Lord as our teacher desires to teach us all things. He loves it
when His people want to have His mind, goals, and opinions. Pray for our leaders on all levels
that they may know and walk in the knowledge of God’s will in all the areas in which they have
authority. Pray that the children of God no longer walk in darkness but have clarity, wisdom, and
spiritual understanding. Pray that the children of God will no longer follow their wills but will
earnestly seek after the perfect will of God for their lives.
Pray That We Walk Worthy of the Lord Unto All.
It is God’s will that we are pleasing to Him, fruitful, and increasing in the knowledge of God. He
desires us to know Him, and in knowing Him, we then please Him and become fruitful in our lives
toward Him. Pray that we may walk worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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