The Endeavoring Continues: Prayer
Hello Fellow Crazy Lovers of Jesus! 😀
If you’ve read any of my post, you can probably guess what I’m about to say next: I know, I know, it’s been a LONG time since I last wrote about anything. Yet, be assured that I have been enjoying our precious Lord Jesus Christ, He is who is God manifested in the flesh (John 1:14), and who has come into us to be our very life (Colossians 3:4). Therefore, it is only fitting that I share some of it with a view to the building up of the Body of Christ by means of speaking forth my enjoyment to those who read! 🙂
Recently, I have been considering the matter of prayer quite a bit. Why is it that we pray, and why should we pray? Of course, prayer is a very big topic with many aspects, of which it is impossible for me to exhaust here, but I would like to draw attention to one aspect that I was moved by inwardly this morning.
“I desire therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and reasoning” (1 Timothy 2:8)
It’s very interesting how the apostle Paul desires that men pray in every place, meaning at all times, as is his charge in Ephesians 6:18 and First Thessalonians 5:17, after his mentioning of how God desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth in the same chapter (v.3-4). The significance of this is that our prayer, when it is governed according to the view of God’s desire, is directly related to the salvation of others. Consider this: if it were not the case, there would be no need for us to pray for this or for any other matter that we are charged to pray for in the Bible because the Lord would just do it Himself. Yet, here we see that our Savior God is desiring something, but He will not act without the adequate prayer. It is not that He is unable, for we know that our God is without limit in what He can do, yet from this, we can see that our prayers really matter in God’s eyes! Again, it is not that He is unable, but rather that He doesn’t want to move forward without His people. Therefore, we should not faint in our prayers regarding the ones whom we are praying for because the Lord is the faithful One! Let us all be encouraged that our Lord will eventually move when there are the prayers that match His heart for the salvation of others!
Interestingly enough, though I’ve written a lot already concerning this matter, this is actually not my main burden! My main burden lies in the second part of 1 Timothy 2:8 regarding the holy hands. Through some exposition, I was helped to see that hands symbolize our doings, hence, holy hands signify a holy living, a living that is pious and that belongs to God. Of course, we can all agree that such a holy life strengthens our prayer life, which also means that if our living is not holy, we will have no supporting strength to pray for what is on God’s heart specifically. I think we can all attest to the validity of such a statement through the experiences of our everyday Christian walk. We find that when we are not beholding the Lord, loving the Lord, speaking to the Lord, but are distracted with many other fountains (Jeremiah 2:13), we find that we have no strength to pray for the Lord’s desire, let alone His desire for the salvation of others. Furthermore, I was impressed to see that actually these two things go together in a marvelous way: if we are those who are contacting the Lord through prayer, we will be sustained to live such a holy life, which will be the very strength to keep us in fellowship with the One that we love! Therefore, our prayer is both the key to bringing us into the desire of God’s heart and also the very power by which we remain in fellowship with Him! How wonderful that we, the believers, can pray ourselves into the desire of our God’s heart in order to pray prayers that allow Him to gain what He desires! Let us cooperate with Him more today!
It’s evident that I can go on and on concerning this matter, probably because I haven’t been faithful in sharing bit by bit for a large part of this semester. In any case, praise be to the living Lord who today dwells in us! May He grant me the grace to be a little more diligent in this regard for the summer and may your summer be filled with the enjoyment of the unsearchable riches of Christ! (Ephesians 3:8)
Grace be with you from Christians on Campus at UC Berkeley! 😀
(And because you have read this far, enjoy the very late pictures from my spring break trip to Colorado this past March)
Posted on May 25, 2013, in Club Outings, Daily Enjoyments and tagged 1 Timothy 2, Berkeley, Christ, Christians, Christians on Campus, Church, Crazy Lover, Jesus, Justin Starks, Morning Revival, Quiet Time, spring, summer, UC Berkeley campus. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.