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Day 2 – 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer

Day 2 – 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer

What is Prayer?

“Prayer is the nearest approach to God, and the highest enjoyment of Him, that we are capable of in this life.”1 —William Law

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
—Colossians 4:2 (niv)

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
—Romans 12:12 (niv)

Prayer is first and foremost our fellowship with God the Father; Jesus, His Son; and the Holy Spirit. It is an intimate relationship with them in which we can speak from the depths of our heart and hear God’s answer to our prayers through the Word and the actions He takes in our lives. Prayer is a blessed communication between you and me and the almighty God of the universe.

Prayer is how God uses time to show us His wonder. Prayer is the activity that God uses to enable His presence to penetrate our consciousness. His presence is the only thing that can liter- ally change any dynamic that exists. His presence contains power that the world cannot understand and power that is reserved only for His redeemed.

Prayer is God saturating our minds, or our thoughts, with His influence. Prayer will control our emotions and permit His truth to bring down the negative forces of darkness that are speaking lies to our minds and trying to corrupt our thoughts.

Prayer is not a natural activity, and the world knows little, if anything at all, about the power associated with our prayers. That is why we will be learning all we can about the power of prayer in our personal lives and the lives of our pastors and churches during these twenty-one days.

Prayer is reserved for you and me. Prayer is the main ingredient in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ. We know that prayer is communication with God the Father through the blood of Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Prayer is what enables the Holy Spirit to use a man or woman or a church for God’s glory. The Holy Spirit will pray through us; He will also pray for us when we are not sure how to pray for any given situation.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26–27 nasb)

Prayer is the fuel of the Holy Spirit. We get our power from the Holy Spirit, and our “spiritual tank” is filled up through our time with God in prayer. “But you, beloved, [keep on] building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:20). Prayer is where we give ourselves to His calling, and it’s there that He enables us to accomplish His will in our lives and in the life of the church. I believe that prayer in the church, specifically prayer to encourage and uplift our pastors and leaders in the church, will set the body of Christ on fire for the kingdom of God.

Prayer is true fellowship with God. Prayer is the time God has reserved for us when He can recalibrate our thinking and renew His peace in our mind and soul. Prayer is heaven’s funnel for us to be renewed. Prayer is strengthening our connection to the unseen home we have with our Father. Prayer is God’s way of saying, “I am yours, and you are Mine; come and talk with Me.”

I believe that, through prayer, we will enter into a new dimension in our walk with Him. I believe the destiny God has for us starts to unfold rapidly when we submit our heart and soul to Him for His eternal purposes in our lives, when we accept the awesome privilege of talking with God and receiving from Him the majesty of His presence.

Since prayer is all these things and so much more, please join us as we pray together, in the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, for ourselves, our loved ones, our pastors, and their families.

 

 

Excerpt from 21 Days of Breakthrough Prayer, © 2018 by Jim Maxim, published by Whitaker House. Used with permission.